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31 August 2017

A group of Lebanese students visit the STL and watch live testimony of victims

Leidschendam, 31 August 2017 - A group of 17 students who obtained the highest grades in the Inter-University Programme on International Criminal Law and Procedure (IUP-ICLP) concluded a three-day study visit to The Hague this week. The visit coincided with the start of the victims’ case in the Ayyash et al. trial. The students were able to attend the hearings and watch victims testifying on the 14 February 2005 attack and how it irreversibly impacted their lives.

“Being able to hear what the victims had to say gave this trial a more human face, and made this course a more practical experience” said Yasmin Al Ameen, an alumna of the IUP-ICLP and a student at L’Université Libanaise.

The study visit included briefings by representatives of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s four organs – Chambers, Registry, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Defence Office – as well as a courtroom tour. The students also got the opportunity to visit the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the T.M.C Asser Institute, where they were able to meet some of their lecturers in person. They were also briefed by representatives of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.

“It was a great opportunity to see the actual application of all the lectures given during the programme. The visit gave a practical experience to the theoretical knowledge” said Caroline Molaeb, an alumna of the IUP-ICLP and a student at the Lebanese American University.
One hundred and forty-seven (147) Lebanese students successfully completed the IUP-ICLP this year, joining the ranks of over 700 students who have completed the unique programme since 2011.

For more information on the IUP-ICLP, visit the STL website.