Creighton University School of Law offers two courses in the Nuremberg summer program: International Criminal Law (3 credits) and From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Impact & Legacy of the Holocaust on the Law (3 credits). Both courses run concurrently throughout the timeframe of the program. Integral to the classroom experience are several field trips guided by the faculty to modern international criminal tribunals in The Hague, the Dachau Concentration Camp, the War Crimes Documentation Center at Philipps University in Marburg, and to view traces of the Nazi past in and around Munich and Nuremberg.
This course explores the theoretical and practical reaches of major international crimes: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression. Historical and modern cases are analyzed as well as various structural models for international criminal tribunals, rules of procedure and evidence, extradition, bases of jurisdiction, and policy questions associated with new directions in the development of this field of law.
*Note: Creighton students may not receive credit for this course if they have already taken International Criminal Law at Creighton's home campus in Omaha.
This course is designed to foster a greater understanding of how traumatic societal events like the Holocaust impact the law and alter the trajectory of the law's development. Ethical, historical and legal insights are generated from the study of the Holocaust and its influence on the development of international crimes, human rights law, peremptory norms, transitional justice, hate speech prohibitions, genocide denial laws, and modern governmental bureaucracies.
Hosted by the German government, both classes will meet in the seminar rooms of the documentation center in the Nuremberg State Museum at the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds near the city center.
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 World War II.