The Summer Institutes in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights are regionally based workshops held in partnership with organizations in Southeast Asia. The Institutes consider key IHL and human rights issues, past and present, facing the region. Established in 2008, the Summer Institute is now in its fifth year of operation. Earlier workshops were co-hosted by partners in Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The program is designed for participants working across a broad range of fields and disciplines. It is best suited to participants working within the Asia Pacific region, whose work has an Asia Pacific focus, or who wish to engage in comparative analysis of the application of IHL and human rights instruments in the historical and political context of the region.

Previous Summer Institutes have focused on Asia Pacific transitional justice and peace-building (2008), transitional justice and post-conflict human rights (2009). internal conflicts in the Asia Pacific region (2010), and the rights of women and children (2011).

Asia Pacific Transitional Justice and Peace-Building


May 11-24, 2008, Bangkok, Thailand



In May 2008, the Asian International Justice Initiative held its inaugural Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Bangkok (the Summer Institute).  Some of the mechanisms considered during the course included:

   * Transitional justice mechanisms
   * Post conflict trials
   * Methods of inquiry and investigation
   * Legal framework to post conflict situations
   * Human rights monitoring and reporting
   * Peace-building initiatives

Participants were taught by a faculty of experts from the region.