Constitutional and International Issues: Human Trafficking and Slavery | Webster University

Leiden, the Netherlands

Summer 2019 - Constitutional and International Issues: Human Trafficking and Slavery (LEGL 4605/ 5505)

Webster University in Leiden

Program Description
This course will explore constitutional and human rights issues which arise as individual countries and the international community work to address laws, issues and concerns involving slavery and human trafficking. Topics discussed include: trafficking in women and children; sexual exploitation; labor exploitation, i.e. domestic slavery, forced labor, bonded labor, racial discrimination; refugee issues/status; other related topics. This is a hybrid course taught partially online and partially on-site. The mandatory on-site portion of this course is offered in Leiden, The Netherlands. Arrangements may be made through the Office of Study Abroad prior to registration for this course. Program Location: St. Louis, Missouri and Leiden, The Netherlands

Program Highlights

  • Receive the educational opportunity of a lifetime, studying law at its international center in The Hague, while also completely immersing yourself in the food, culture and beauty of The Netherlands
  • Get the opportunity to Study Abroad at one of Webster University’s international campuses in a short window of time (one or two weeks on site in Leiden).
  • Take 3-6 credit hours, partially online and partially on site, that fit into your major, minor or as an elective at the graduate or undergraduate level of many different Webster programs.

Course Dates: 5/27/2019 - 7/26/2019
Travel Dates: 6/28/2019 - 7/6/2019

LEGL 4603/5503: International Issues Related to Women and Children: Human Trafficking and Slavery
Faculty Leader: Tena Hart

The on the ground portion complements the online study by utilizing international institutions and tribunals in order to observe and to learn to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills for change leadership. Because this course depends heavily on the specific trials and hearings going on in The Hague at the time of the course, it is impossible to present definite class agendas.  However, here is an overview of the types of opportunities and activities in which the class will participate:

Attend institutions and tribunals in progress which are centered around resolving various international conflicts; discuss with key role participants (i.e. judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, witnesses, advocates, victim rights advocates) in various institutions and tribunals the context in which proceedings occur; visit significant historical and political landmarks.  Past site visits have included: The Peace Palace, The World Court, The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, various international embassies, Eurojust, Europol, The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Holocaust Museum, The International Criminal Court, The Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Rieksmuseum, The Van Gogh Museum, The United Nations in The Hague, The Organization for Prevention of Chemical Weapons, The U.S.-Iran Tribunal, The Anne Frank House, the VON Refugee Center in Leiden, The Dutch Council for Refugees, Amsterdam Asylum Center for Sex Trade Workers, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion Among Migrant Sex Workers, and Prostitution Information Centre.

In addition to the sites, we will engage in total immersion study abroad experiences, such as ride bikes, use of public transportation, communication with diverse groups (diverse students within the program, the Netherlands and legal institutions), we will appreciate different cultures’ food, art, educational systems, compare and contrast different societies’ responses to social conditions, including healthcare, housing, homelessness, elder care, mental health care, loneliness, child care, parental leave and environmental concerns.

Program Cost
Program Fee: TBA
Study Abroad Fee: $175 (covers international insurance & ISIC card)
Webster Tuition: Graduate students pay the online course rate

Students may be eligible for Webster study abroad scholarships. Please reference the Study Abroad website for more information.

Summer Break scholarship deadline: March 15, 2019

Application Process
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

To apply, follow these steps:
1) Ensure you meet the study abroad eligibility requirements
2) Start an application via the Webster online application system
3) The application will ask you to fill out a number of forms, pay the $100 study abroad deposit*, write a brief statement of purpose, submit a passport copy and a passport sized photos.

*The $100 application deposit is refundable to if ALL of the following conditions are met: 1) Student attends the program
2) Student completes the pre and post-study abroad surveys 3) Student does not have any outstanding program charges.

Students posing infront of Webster's Leiden campus
Nightlife in Leiden