KosovoWeek-Long Study Tour | Justice & Human Rights Program

This week-long Study Tour brings you to the tumultuous Balkan region, where you will witness the after-effects of human rights violations first-hand, and learn from numerous speakers about Europe’s reactions to these atrocities from an international human rights law perspective.  You will visit the crucial war-torn areas that will bring to life classroom discussions of the armed conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. By visiting local politicians, NGO workers, academics, and military officers, you will gain an understanding of the reality and practical concerns affecting the implementation of obligations under international human rights law.

You will spend the majority of the Study Tour in Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo. In Pristina you will visit both large and small, national and international organizations, such as the International Civilian Office, the European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo, and the University of Pristina. You will also take several short trips out of the city to Mitrovice and Pec, where you will hear alternate views of the aftermath of armed conflict and the rebuilding process.

This Study Tour is tailored to give you the tools to form your own conclusions about human rights violations during the conflict, international intervention, and the post-conflict rebuilding process. The aim is to provide you with a variety of viewpoints concerning the actual conflict, and give you the means to develop an understanding of the conflict as a whole.

Tour Objectives

  • Examine and analyze complex cases and apply principles of international human rights law and international relations
  • Explore the reality and practical concerns affecting the implementation of obligations under international human rights law
  • Gain an understanding of the background and nature of human rights, the responses to massive violations of these, and of how this field has evolved in Europe since World War II

Possible Activities

  • Visit local politicians and military officers
  • Attend small group visits with NGOs and human rights activists
  • Travel through the Balkan region, discovering its tumultuous recent past