Testimonials

"The Salzburg Law School Summer Session is the right mix of academic exploration and a spirited forum for deliberating contemporary issues. The program constituted of hand-picked students and lecturers, which allowed for one on one interaction. The entire session was carefully structured to provide for an all-round understanding of issues. The experience of the lecturers shed light on the working of the International Criminal Court and the motivations behind State decisions during conferences and negotiations at the international level. As a part of the course, I also took a test which allowed for application of the sessions, and for this, I was assigned credits. My interactions with like-minded people have helped me crystalize my career aspirations. I believe this Summer Session is a must-attend for anyone looking to keep abreast with current happenings in the field of international criminal law and especially for those looking to further their interest in this sphere of law." – Tanishtha Vaid, Law student at Gujarat National Law University; SLS 2016

"I came to SLS as a young professional. It was a very valuable and empowering experience for me, and I definitely recommend it to everyone keen on international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law.

SLS is unique, because it has a good balance between theoretical and practical skills: the lectures are given by high-ranked practitioners as well as distinguished academics. Some lecturers would describe non-obvious details of decision-making mechanisms in international judicial bodies and give their opinion on the practical realisation of bold theoretical ideas, while other teachers would talk about the genesis of certain ideas, suggest breakthrough solutions for international stumbling-block problems. I can also point out a gender and geographical diversity of the lecturers.

The classes were lively and resembled a Socratic debate: students would often share case studies from their national jurisdictions and ask – or be asked – perplexing questions connected with their work or studies. Sometimes other teachers would also join the discussion – they say, it is a good tradition of SLS that one lecturer chooses to stay and listen to another lecturer, along with the students.

Besides, it was a great joy for me to get to know so many talented fellow participants! After SLS I stayed in touch with most of them, including the communication on professional matters.

Finally, good organisation and scheduling of the SLS helped the participants to avoid such common problems as 'confusing different course venues', 'sadly drinking a tasteless coffee to kill an unexpected gap hour' and 'no WiFi, so instead of instantly googling the name of the case I will just write down the question marks'. Indeed, the schedule offers nice opportunities after the classes: either going out or peacefully researching." – Diana Kostina, LL.M., Human Rights Lawyer at Russian Justice Initiative; SLS 2016

"In 2013, I attended my first SLS Summer School on International Criminal Law. It was important for many reasons. First of all, I wanted to enrich my knowledge on ICL since it will boost my performance in my job as a Prosecutor of the International Crimes Tribunals of Bangladesh, a national tribunal working to end the culture of impunity in Bangladesh. Secondly, I wanted to attend because I wanted to meet Professor Otto Triffterer, who helped a newly independent Bangladesh to draft the International Crimes Tribunal(s) Act in 1973 which has enabled Bangladesh to try the perpetrators in 2010. After attending 2013 summer course, I achieved both the goals I had. After returning back, the quality of my contribution in International Crimes Tribunals of Bangladesh as a Prosecutor became better and stronger. This was because the classes made me stronger from the point of knowledge which provided more confidence into my legal research and submission. Moreover, the soft words of Professor Otto Triffterer boosted my spirit too. I still remember he lent me his library card to make photocopies of the relevant pages from his Commentaries which I donated to Prosecution Library and the whole prosecution team was benefited by his generous contribution once again. The next best thing I returned from the school of 2013 was a network full of friends from around the globe. We became friends for life! We are still in connection, thanks to social media. In 2013, I also came back with a heart full of love for Salzburg and the Salza and its people. All these kept me pushing to return to SLS one more time. And finally in 2016 I returned back to this lovely programme; this lovely city. I never felt bored, not for once. Again I topped up my knowledge and added more friends in my network. I have more spirit than before to continue my journey to end the culture of impunity all over the world wherever it takes place. I know whenever I will need knowledge, friends and enthusiasm, I can always go back to the SLS. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single teacher and mentor including super energetic Astrid and her team for ensuring a learning and enjoyable environment for the participants. SLS I owe you a big time." – Tapas Kanti Baul, LL.B, LL.M., Prosecutor, International Crimes Tribunals of Bangladesh; SLS 2013 and 2016

"Salzburg Law School is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the framework of the International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights Law and to discuss cutting edge systems and policy issues with academics, lawyers, representatives of global policy makers, international judges and leading professors. Moreover, since the growth in universal conflicts in recent decades represents a revolution in crime detection and prosecution, it is up to us, the new generation to handle the battle and apply “Law not War”. Therefore, to learn the rules and ethics of international law, SLS is the exact right address for you, wherever you are!

First of all, it is true that there is a hidden thread between the Middle Eastern and the European executed Laws, which we thought would raise difficulties for us, due to our background studies, but on the contrary, SLS has its effective touch in conveying all of the aspects of the law on an international level in an extreme elaborate manner. Not only that, but SLS has its contemporary system in turning each session into a discussion, where you get the chance to freely ask, participate and engage in conversations with the lecturers and your fellow participants.

In addition to the above mentioned advantages of this summer course, there is an infinite list, but we will try to shorten the speech.

– A mixture of theoretical academic lessons and practical case solving, which unconsciously and happily derives you to seek for more and more.

– Excellent organization, perfect timing schedule and fast coordination from the moment you decide to enroll until you finish and return back home.

– Very friendly professors who are with you not only during the lectures to teach, but also during the free time to enjoy.

– A lot of incredible fellow participants who are now our close friends and staying in touch very often.

Lastly, Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracin is not only a lecturer at the University of Salzburg and Director of the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law; she is literally a legal encyclopedia and an amazing woman who helped us through all of the way, for who we show our gratitude." – Klodia Khajadourian, LL.B. & Ghalia Mardam Bek, B.A. in Law, Lawyers; SLS 2016