Netherlands Criminal Justice

Dutch society has a long-standing tradition of tolerance, diversity, and consensus-based politics. This translates into a specific approach toward crime and justice issues that is known around the world. Examples of this approach can be seen in various fields, such as the legalization of prostitution, the legalization of soft drugs, the medical instead of criminal justice approach toward hard drugs, and the way in which issues like juvenile crime, euthanasia, and gay marriage are dealt with.

 

This sample program begins in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government, Supreme Court and the Council of State as well as international bodies such as the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and several International Criminal Tribunals. You move to the Capital, Amsterdam, to examine the issues of criminal justice from a daily Dutch perspective exploring such issues as the history of policy, its rationale, and the way it works out in daily practice. It also takes a look at the impact of the globalization of the economy and the threat of international terrorism, which changed the "crime landscape" in The Netherlands.

 

Programs are designed to introduce students to concepts of crime and punishment in the Netherlands and to provide an opportunity for direct exposure to a system very different from the United States. As always, this is a sample program only. Ultimately each is designed to the specifications of the US faculty leading the program.

 

Programs can also be given greater focus on subjects such as Social Justice, Human Rights, Immigration and Refugee policy and Substance Abuse. Select's in-country teams are bringing on new European partners all the time in these and other related fields.

 

 

Day 1 – US DEPARTURE

Overnight flight from US to Amsterdam.

 

Day 2 – ARRIVAL AMSTERDAM

Morning arrival at Schipol Airport. Meet your Select Travel Service study tour manager. Departing the airport we make the approximately 90 minute journey south to The Hague. Check in to the hotel. Your guide will ensure students are settled into their rooms and comfortable with their surroundings and take them on an orientation tour of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel and explain the public transport system.  Gather together again for an early dinner to review our week ahead, before retiring for the night.

 

Day 3 – EUROPOL AND THE PEACE PALACE

Morning visit to the European Police Office (Europol), the law enforcement agency of the European Union that handles criminal intelligence and serious international organized crime with its HQ in The Hague.

 

Afternoon visit to the Peace Palace which is home to a number of international judicial institutions including the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Peace Palace Library and the Hague Academy of International Law.

 

Day 4 – INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AND POLICE HQ

Morning visit to the International Criminal Court, an intergovernmental organization and tribunal which has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for international crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 

Afternoon visit the police headquarters in The Hague.

 

Day 5 – INT'L TRIBUNAL FOR YUGOSLAVIA

Morning visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Established by the United Nations, ICTY is intended for the prosecution of persons responsible for serious violations of humanitarian laws committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

 

Afternoon visit to the National Coordinator for Security and Counter terrorism. A national organization the body is responsible for cyber security, Dutch national security and major crisis management.

 

Day 6 – GEVANGENPOORT MEDIEVAL PRISON MUSEUM

Morning visit to this fascinating 12th century historical prison which housed many great historical Dutch figures.   Other possible visits includ

 

Afternoon departure for Amsterdam. Check into the Amsterdam hotel and orientation walking tour of the city and introduction to the city's tram system.

 

Day 7 – AMSTERDAM

Morning visits to the Jewish Museum and Dutch Resistance Museum.  This afternoon we visit the Cannabis College and Hash Museum. This is followed by a meeting with local police to discuss the Dutch tolerance for vice crimes including the sale and consumption of cannabis and prostitution. This is followed by a law enforcement guided tour of the Red Light District.

 

Day 8 – AMSTERDAM

Morning guided tour of Amsterdam including the Royal Palace, National Monument, the Skinny Bridge and the Albert Cuyp market.

 

Afternoon at leisure for independent sightseeing. Perhaps experience a canal cruise, visit to the WWII home of Ann Frank or see the splendid works of art at the Rijks museum. Farewell group dinner at a local restaurant

 

Day 9 – RETURN HOME

Regrettably this morning we bid farewell to Holland and journey to Schipol Airport for our return flight home.

Included Highlights

Accommodations:

7 Nights hotel

 

Activities & Seminars:

Europol, The Peace Palace, International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, Int’l Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, National Coordinator for Security and Counter Terrorism, Hague Police Headquarters, Gevangenpoort Medieval Prison, Red Light District Tour, Jewish Museum and Dutch Resistance Museum.

Also Included:

Airport-hotel transfers, hotel and local taxes, baggage handling, touring by deluxe private motorcoach, services of a professional study tour manager, local specialist guides.

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