Creighton’s Nuremberg Summer Program, “From Nuremberg to The Hague” gives you an opportunity to learn firsthand about the Holocaust in Nuremberg, the Bavarian city that hosted the Nazi war crimes trials after World War II and is considered the birthplace of modern international criminal law. The program is also open to non-Creighton students as well as Creighton undergraduate students.
You’ll spend a month in Germany and The Netherlands. An integral part of your class experience will be taking field trips. You’ll see the traces of Germany’s Nazi past by visiting former concentration camps, such as Dachau and Auschwitz, Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” retreat in the Alps, and by traveling to The Hague, Netherlands, where war criminals are being prosecuted in the International Criminal Court, the Special Chambers of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. By combining classroom instruction with field trips to actual crime scenes, places of conspiracy and current trials, students are exposed to an unprecedented array of historical and legal experiences.
Your classes will be held at Erlangen University, near the center of Nuremberg’s Old City. You’ll take two, three-credit courses:
- International Criminal Law—Taught by Professors Mike Kelly and Sean Watts, the class explores the theoretical and practical reaches of major international crimes, such as genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression. Please note: You may not receive credit for this course if you have taken International Criminal Law on the Creighton campus.
- From Nuremberg to The Hague—The Impact & Legacy of the Holocaust on the Law—This course, taught by Creighton School of Law Adjunct Professor Michael S. Bryant, is designed to foster a greater understanding of how traumatic events like the Holocaust impact the law and alter the trajectory of the law’s development.
- International Criminal Law Moot Court—Participate as a lawyer, witness or expert in a mock court session that combines teams of American, German and Kenyan law students who brief their cases and present arguments at the end of the semester before officials of the International Criminal Court. Oral Arguments are held in old Courtroom No. 600 in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where Nazi war leaders were prosecuted after WW II.
The Germany Summer Program is open to Creighton law students, as well as graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students. Non-Creighton students must submit a letter of good standing from their dean along with their application. You’ll receive six credit hours. Credits earned by Creighton law students count toward the School of Law’s International and Comparative Law Concentration and the J.D./M.A. International Relations joint degree.
Creighton University School of Law’s Nuremberg to The Hague Summer Abroad Program is co-sponsored by Philipps University - Marburg, Germany, the War Crimes Documentation Center, and the U.S. National Section of the International Association of Penal Law and is accredited by the ABA.