Leiden Legal Studies | Webster University

Study Abroad: Leiden, The Netherlands

Summer 2020: Sliding Scales of Justice

Study abroad students in Leiden

Program Description
This program transforms students to internalize social justice issues by immersing them in the study of narrowly tailored current conflicts involving international law. Students must demonstrate upon completion of each course critical thinking and problem solving skills which effect positive change. The goal is for students to become agents of change in their communities who will work toward eradicating the underlying causes of current conflicts.

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 must be made through the Office of Study Abroad prior to registration for this course.

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.
  • Study Abroad at Webster Leiden, one of Webster University's international campuses during a short timeframe.
  • Earn 3 credits towards your major or minor or for elective credit at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Course Dates: June 1 - July 24, 2020 (Summer Term)
Travel Dates: July 4-11, 2020

LEGL 2080/CRIM 2000/WGST 2620: Sliding Scales of Justice (Undergraduate)
LEGL 5490 Advance Topic: Sliding Scales of Justice (Graduate)
Course Description
The Sliding Scales of Justice- Are there innocent people in jail? Are there people in jail who are technically "guilty" and yet are not morally or ethically culpable due to violence, coercion, desperation, low mental functioning or even poverty? How do theories of punishment based on culpability comport with plea bargaining? Is imprisonment always the best option for achieving societal justice? This course will deal with the theory, practice, and investigation of actual cases in which exoneration, commutation and clemency are at issue. We will look at the results of part "mercy" cases in an attempt to ascertain what may be done in current situations where conviction integrity is questionable.

Faculty Leader Contact Information
Tena Hart

Sonette Magnus

Program Flyer
LEGL 2080/CRIM 2000/WGST 2620: Sliding Scales of Justice

Program Cost
Program Fee:
What's Included:7 nights of housing, Welcome and Farewell Dinners, guest lecturers and organizational visits.
What's Not Included: Airfare, entrance fees for cultural activities, most meals, personal spending money.
Study Abroad Fee:
Program Fee (Tentative):
$1,505 (Includes housing, some meals, course activities)
Undergraduate Online Tuition Cost:
Graduate Online Tuition Cost: $2,340
Additional Costs:
Roundtrip airfare, most meals, personal spending money

Students may be eligible for the following Webster study abroad scholarships:

  • Next Century Leaders Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Marilynne Bradley Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Study Abroad
  • Dr. Roy Tamashiro Endowed Travel Scholarship

For a complete description of scholarships along with eligibility and requirements, please visit the Study Abroad scholarship website.

Scholarship Deadline- March 15th

Application Process
Application Deadline: March 15th

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 fee*, write a brief statement of purpose, and submit a passport-sized photo.

*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.

"The Leiden Legal Studies program was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Getting an up close perspective on international law was amazing. It was an experience I will never forget." - Mary Claire Jost, Student

Leiden study abroad student sitting in giant wooden shoe