Authors: Melissa, Jimmy & Belle
As the 2013 International Law Study Tour comes to a close, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect upon our journey over the last two weeks. If you’ve been following the blog you will have noticed that we have had the privilege of visiting some of the world’s leading legal institutions during the last two weeks. Particular highlights included visiting the German Constitutional Court, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – seeing an international trial in action was a truly eye-opening experience.
The opportunity to have a discussion over afternoon tea with one of the world’s leading international lawyers (and Adelaide Law School alumni) Professor James Crawford was incredibly inspiring. Furthermore, gaining an insight into the German and Indonesian legal systems was similarly rewarding in that it allowed us to reflect upon our own legal system and the nature of justice more broadly.
For those of us who hadn’t travelled much before, the study tour was a great way to see some of Europe and experience overseas study without being away for a whole semester or year. Not only were the topics we studied extremely engaging, the time we had beyond the classroom – to explore the cities of Mannheim, The Hague and beyond, and to get to know other law students and staff – made the trip so much more than just a study tour, and a great way to finish the year.
Each and every one of us can’t recommend the study tour enough for those considering it in the future. It’s an amazing opportunity to meet a great group of people, broaden your world view and gain valuable insights into the international legal system. More than that though, the study tour has pushed us to try new things, challenged us with new ideas and made us more informed world citizens so that we’re each better off than when we started. The journey from Adelaide to Europe has created memories that will last a lifetime and that will stay with us long after we’ve left the Law School.
The German Constitutional Court.