Tomb of Hugo Grotius in Delft

On July 4, 2012 a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the International Criminal Court will take place around the tomb of Hugo Grotius in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft.  At the same time this is a commemoration of the laying of a silver wreath on Grotius’ tomb on July 4, 1899 by the American delegation to the First Hague Peace Conference.

The U.S. delegation and its distinguished guests celebrated the one hundred and twenty-third anniversary of American independence. In eloquent speeches the President of the American delegation Andrew D. White  and Tobias M.C. Asser, President of Institute for International Law, honored Grotius and elaborated on his thoughts, influence and role in the development of peace.

The first Hague Peace Conference took place in The Hague and its outcome, the creation of the « Permanent Court of Arbitration » was hailed as a great chance for peace in the world.

Coming July 4, on the two hundred and thirty-sixth anniversary of American independence. Steven J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, and John Washburn, Convenor of the American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court will lay a wreath once again on Grotius’ tomb in the presence of diplomats, scholars and students.

And once again the relation between Grotius, the US and The Hague will be the central theme. This time with the International Criminal Court as a major step towards peace in the world.

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The original silver wreath will be cleaned and relocked to the tomb next week. The cleaning of the silver wreath has been an initiative of Professor Hope May from Central Michigan University, currently on a international law research tour to Holland with her students.

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