Hague Academy Advanced Course on International Criminal Law, 24 August to 4 September 2015

This year, for the first time, the Hague Academy of International Law, in cooperation with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and with the kind support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, organizes an advanced course of 2 weeks on International Criminal Law with a special focus on Gender Justice. This year’s session particularly emphasizes on a critical evaluation of persistent challenges and emerging responses to sexual and gender-based violence.

This week and next week the Peace Palace hosts around 30 participants who follow lectures and seminars from high-standard lecturers such as Ms Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor, Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, and many others. For the programme, please click here.

For this Newsletter, the Peace Palace Library got the chance to speak to two participants of the new Advanced Course on International Criminal Law to ask them about their experiences so far:

Ms Jimena Viveros

IMG_8618Jimena Viveros studied law at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and half of the programme at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She completed her Master’s in Public International Law at Leiden University with a specialization in International Criminal Law. She just finished a legal internship for the Vice President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTY and ICTR respectively). In October she will start working as a legal intern for the Prosecution Division at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Q: Why did you want to follow this ICL course? And what is your opinion about the course?

A: “I think it is an amazing experience to be able to listen to lectures given by the most respected scholars and the most influential practitioners in the field; especially because we are able to ask questions that only they can answer, either because they wrote the books we study from or even better, when them and their actions are in fact the subject-matter of the books themselves.”

Q: Do you think this course will contribute to your future career plans?

A: “: “The strong background of all the participants, including myself, having previously worked with Gender Based Violence, is particularly valuable when exchanging ideas that are aimed to be brought into practice to shape the future of International Criminal Law. For me in particular, it better prepares me for my internship at the ICC and for my career in International  Prosecution as well.”

Q: What do you think about the Peace Palace Library and the Peace Palace?

A: “During my master Public International Law in Leiden I often visited the Peace Palace Library. The enormous amount of bibliography it holds amazes me. Additionally, the Peace Palace premises offer a calm refuge that is guaranteed to boost everyone’s legal creativity.”

Mr Dr. Elijah Oluwatoyin Okebukola

IMG_8620Elijah Oluwatoyin Okebukola studied Comparative and International law at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He completed a PhD at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom and now teaches law at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi in Nigeria. In 2011 Okebukola visited the Peace Palace as a Public International Law Academy student.  

Q: Why did you want to follow this ICL course? And what is your opinion about the course?

A: “I was and still am impressed by the high level standard of the lecturers; many of whom have been involved in the development of contemporary international criminal law. They are all here at the same time. I have the opportunity to ask questions that are answered by people that were involved in for example drafting the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

Q: Do you think this course will contribute to your future career plans?

A: “I teach law at Nasarawa State University in Nigeria and the ICL course will definitely contribute to my lessons. In the future I would like to have a career in the International Law Practice. It is therefore inspiring to participate in interactive lectures delivered by foundational lecturers such as Professor Cherif Bassiouni, who in my opinion is the father or grandfather of international criminal law. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court also gave an interactive keynote speech. It was motivational to have the opportunity to ask her questions relating to the work of the Office of the Prosecutor."

Q: What do you think about the Peace Palace Library and the Peace Palace?

A: “This is the second time I visit the Peace Palace Library. I am very impressed by the amount of books and resources that are only available at the Peace Palace Library. I think it is very good that the Course takes place at the Peace Palace. For me, it is very important to be physically present and able to visit the ICJ Court Room.”

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