The Hague, Netherlands // Strasbourg, France

Trinity’s annual Summer Human Rights Program is an advanced course in international and comparative human rights law, as well as an introduction to international criminal law and humanitarian law.

The Summer 2024 Human Rights Program begins in The Hague, Netherlands, a major U.N. host city and the home of the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, among others. While there, students will visit the courts, hear from judges and lawyers, and get a firsthand look at significant human rights bodies. Students will learn from Trinity professors and guest lecturers about important foundational principles of international human rights law, humanitarian law, and criminal law. They will also have the opportunity to visit many important cultural sites, such as the Binnenhof (Dutch legislature), the Mauritshuis (museum home to many Dutch masters), royal palaces, and more.

Next, students will travel to Strasbourg, France, seat of the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament—all of which students will visit—as well as a lively hub of French art, culture, and cuisine. Students will spend four weeks examining contemporary issues in international human rights law, humanitarian law, and criminal law, supplemented with discussion of those issues from a Christian perspective with Trinity professors and guest speakers, including lawyers, advocates, and academics.

The Summer Human Rights Program provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn about international human rights in the heart of European democracy. Visits to sites that contribute to the modern view of international human rights are included in the cost of the trip. Outside of class, you can explore the beautiful Alsace region and surrounding areas. Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, and Munich are all within reach by train, and other destinations are a short flight away.

Program Details

Program Dates: June 23 – July 20, 2024

Course Details: Six units of JD or MLS (Human Rights Track) elective credit will be granted for successful completion of the program.


andrew deloach

Professor Andrew DeLoach

J.D., California Western School of Law
B.A., University of California, San Diego
F.C.A., International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism & Human Rights
Stephen Kennedy
Professor Stephen P. Kennedy

Ph.D, University of Southern California
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
B.A., University of Southern California

For more information about this study abroad program in Europe, please contact Professor Andrew R. DeLoach at [email protected]

Program Cost

JD Students: $5,940

MLS Students: $4,500

Audit/Visitor: $1,350

The program cost includes six semester hours from Trinity Law School, lodging in The Hague and Strasbourg, ground transportation from The Hague to Strasbourg, some meals, and one or more required textbooks. Airfare is not included; however, students who purchase their flight by March 8, 2024, will receive a $1,000 reimbursement. Summer financial aid can apply. For more information, please contact Jennifer Tracy at [email protected] or 714-796-7121.

How to Enroll
Trinity students who have completed 27 units or more are eligible to participate in this course. Non-Trinity students who are enrolled in a Juris Doctor or Master of Legal Studies program at another school may apply to participate for transfer credit.

All interested students should contact the Registrars Office at 714-796-7140 for more information about registration.

Before applying, please confirm that your Academic Plan complies with Summer Human Rights Institute courses. If you are unsure or have questions about your Academic Plan, please contact Joy Statler, Academic Advisor, at [email protected] or 714-796-7173.

In order to complete the application, you must have a color copy/scan of your passport, Assumption of Risk, Release & Participation Agreement Form (700A), and Health Information and Release Form (700H).

Once those items are collected and the forms are completed, click here to apply.

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