Starting spring 2018 Berkeley Law JD students will have the opportunity to participate in our Berkeley Law in The Hague Program. Eligible students can earn 10-12 units of law school credit while conducting a field placement at a range of international legal institutions including: international criminal tribunals; public and private international law organizations; peace and security organizations; and non-governmental organizations. Students work under the supervision of a lawyer within these organizations. Interested students should start by scheduling an advising appointment.
- JD students must be in their 3rd semester of law school or beyond
- Students must have sufficient “outside of the classroom units” available to use for the field placement as outlined in the academic rules.
Why The Hague?
The Hague is the seat of the government of the Netherlands and has been called the “legal capital of the world.” It is the site of international organizations working in the fields of international criminal law, public and private international law, international arbitration and peace and justice. These institutions include the International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, ad hoc Tribunals addressing crimes committed in former Yugoslavia and Lebanon, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Europol and many others. Berkeley Law students have conducted successful field placements and internships with these organizations for many years.
About the Instructors
David Caron ’83 is a Professor of Law Emeritus at UC Berkeley and a Judge with the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He served as Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London, where he remains a Professor of Law, and is a former President of the American Society of International Law.
Asa Solway ‘09 has worked as the principal adviser to the Registrar of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as the Rule of Law Advisor for the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.