• War Crimes Investigations in the UK: All is Fair in Law and War?

    Library blog - January 29, 2016

    While the last British troops left Iraq in 2011, national and international investigations into the UK military’s conduct in Iraq are still ongoing and continue to spark controversy. Civil lawsuits as well as criminal prosecutions could still be on the horizon for some British soldiers. Gerry Simpson described this continuous quest for justice and the backlash against its results as the human dilemma of “wanting justice and being ‘sick of giving it’”. This blog will examine the British involvement in Iraq and the alleged war crimes committed during their mission, and the efforts and initiatives undertaken to discover the truth and to seek justice.

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  • Mexico and the Drug Cartels: A History of Fascination

    Library blog - January 29, 2016

    On January 9th, 2016, Rolling Stone published an interview between Sean Penn and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel. The fascination that Hollywood, and thus a large part of the western world, has for the Mexican drug cartels and the drug war they are engaging in is anything but recent. Mexico’s drug cartels, as well as widespread violence, money laundering and corruption, are elements which are as closely linked to Mexico’s image as its ancient civilizations. This article will explore the history of Mexico’s drug cartels and the close relationship between drugs and Mexico’s development.

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  • Documentary: From The Hague to Nuremberg

    News and events - December 23, 2015

    In commemoration of the Nuremberg Trials, which were held exactly 70 years ago this November, our colleagues Candice Alihusain, Sophie Brinkel, Fé de Jonge and Anna Duszczyk, worked together on the documentary “From the Hague to Nuremberg.” Candice, Sophie and Fé worked on a screenplay for the documentary and travelled from The Hague to the city of Nuremberg to film relevant footage. This and other archival footage of the Nuremberg Trials and rare colour footage of the Nuremberg Rallies was used by Anna Duszczyk to complete the documentary during the post production of the film. The aim of the documentary is to provide viewers with the historical background of the International Military Tribunal of Nuremberg, and the context in which it was created. This Tribunal was set up in 1945, after the end of the Second World War, and it was the first international tribunal to prosecute individuals for crimes under international law. Multiple individuals who comprised the Nazi regime in Germany were brought before the Tribunal and convicted on the basis of international law. This unique Tribunal was located in the city of Nuremberg for reasons which are explained in the documentary. The documentary itself aims to give a chronological overview of the place, time and people and takes viewers back to the city of Nuremberg both before and after the Second World War.

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  • South-Africa and the Future of (Il)legal Trade in Rhino Horn

    Library blog - November 27, 2015

    On Sunday 22 November, zookeepers of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park put a 41-year old northern white rhinoceros named Nola to sleep. With the death of Nola, there are only three northern white rhinos left on the planet – which are unlikely to reproduce. Widespread poaching, as well as armed conflict, caused the extinction of northern white rhinos in the wild. Last Thursday, the High Court of Pretoria, South Africa, overturned the government’s ban on the domestic trade in rhino horn which was put in place in 2009.

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  • Nuremberg Its Lesson for Today – Film Review

    News and events - November 12, 2015

    While watching the documentary, its purpose is impossible to miss: the didactic aim of the film can be deduced from the title and the tone of the film itself is pedantic – informing the public of the evils of the regime and its leaders. The documentary then carefully follows the proceedings before the International Military Tribunal, alternating between footage of the trial and video fragments of Nazi Germany. Interestingly enough, these video fragments of pre-war Germany were recorded by the Nazis themselves.

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  • The Hague Open Doors Event

    News and events - October 10, 2015

    On 20 September, the city of peace and justice celebrated the seventh edition of The Hague Open Doors Event. As part of this event, special guided tours were organized at the Peace Palace Library. During these tours the visitors were told of the history of both the Peace Palace and the Peace Palace Library. Visitors […]

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  • An Ad Hoc Hybrid Special Court for Sri Lanka: What Does It Take?

    Library blog - September 25, 2015

    On 16 September 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka issued two reports on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. Their recommendation: the creation of an ad hoc hybrid special court to try war crimes and crimes against humanity. Which crimes were committed and how did the international community reach such a recommendation? This post will take a look at the civil war which plagued Sri Lanka for 25 years, the subsequent international response and finally, what does it take to create an ad hoc hybrid tribunal?

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  • A Green Court in The Netherlands: Stichting Urgenda v. The Netherlands

    Library blog - July 10, 2015

    On the 24th of June 2015, the civil section of the Dutch court of The Hague, the Netherlands, ordered the Dutch government to adjust its environmental policies in order to reduce the collective greenhouse emissions of the Netherlands by 25% compared to 1990 by the end of 2020. News of this unusual judgment spread across the globe as it was the first time that a court ordered a government to step up its game on climate change. This post will provide readers with a summary of the judgment, as well as some thoughts on its merits.

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  • International Corporate Criminal Liability at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Prosecutor v. Karma Al Khayat and Al Jadeed

    Library blog - May 8, 2015

    On Thursday the 16th of April, the trial against journalist Karma Al Khayat and television network Al Jadeed started at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in Leidschendam, the Netherlands. Both Ms. Karma Al Khayat and Al Jadeed are charged with contempt of court and obstruction of justice. Because the alleged crimes are media-related and the accused have argued that the trial threatens the freedom of press, the case has already attracted much attention. However, what is more striking is the fact that this is the first time a legal person is prosecuted by an international or internationalized criminal court.

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