Albert Woodfox, an American prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years was finally released on February 19th, 2016. Albert Woodfox, was part of the ‘Angola Three’, a group of three prisoners who were placed in solitary confinement in the State Penitentiary of Louisiana, also known as the Angola Prison. The case of Albert Woodfox is unique because no other prisoner in US history has been held in solitary confinement for this length of time. This blog will briefly discuss the circumstances of the case of Albert Woodfox and the use of solitary confinement in light of international standards.Read more
On 19 June 2015, His Excellency Mr. Justice Hassan B. Jallow, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals delivered a lecture in the Historical Reading Room of the Peace Palace, on the topic “The Contribution of the ICTR to the Struggles against Impunity”. This lecture was organized by the African Association of International Law (AAIL) and the African Foundation for International Law (AFIL) and hosted by The Hague Academy of International Law, as part of AAIL-AFIL Distinguished Lecture Series.Read more
On 9 August the unarmed, afro-american 18-year-old boy, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a 28-year-old caucasian police officer, Darren Wilson, in a working-class neighborhood in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting happened after police officer Wilson stopped Brown because he was jaywalking. Unfortunately both the police and the eyewitnesses tell a different story about what happened that evening. Eyewitnesses saw that Brown was shot while he trying to surrender but police officer Darren Wilson stated that Brown assaulted him just before the shooting.Read more
Interview: Kimberly Bautista on ‘Justice for my Sister’, a Documentary Film on Sexual Violence Against Women in GuatamalaApril 5, 2013
During this year’s ‘Movies that Matter Film Festival’ the Peace Palace Library had the opportunity to interview the Award Winning documentary filmmaker Kimberly Bautista. Her film ‘Justice for my Sister’ deals with sexual violence against women in Guatamala and focusses in particular on the issue of Femicide (the killings of women) and the ongoing struggle women face in the Guatamalan criminal justice system that is plagued by impunity and mistrust of law enforcement officials.Read more
When we first think about wars and armed conflicts, we very often think about battlefields, burned villages, wounded soldiers, air-bombs and tanks. We tend to forget that civilians, women and children in particular, are at the centre of warfare and frequently fall victim to sexual violence in staggering numbers. The international community and the UN Security Council have established that gender crimes are part of the most serious of international crimes and should therefore be of great concern to the international community as a whole. In spite of this, international crimes involving sexual violence continue to be one of the most difficult crimes to prosecute.
This blog will briefly discuss the international criminal prosecution of gender crimes by various international legal institutions.Read more
Peace Palace Library Lecture: Documentary Film ‘Justice for Sale ‘ on criminal Justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)July 3, 2012
On June 26 2012, The Peace Palace Library held a screening of the award-winning Documentary Film Justice For Sale about the criminal justice system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Dutch Documentary filmmakers Ilse & Femke van Velzen . The documentary was introduced by Dr. Janine Ubink, an expert on African legal issues […]Read more
On June 26 2012, The Peace Palace Library held a screening of the award-winning Documentary Film Justice For Sale about the criminal justice system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by Dutch Documentary filmmakers Ilse & Femke van Velzen . The documentary was introduced by Dr. Janine Ubink, an expert on African legal issues from […]Read more
The Peace Palace Library will present the award winning documentary film Justice For Sale by Ilse and Femke van Velzen about the failing criminal justice system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Dr. Janine Ubink, senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of Leiden University will give an introduction. She is an expert on African law issues and has published extensively on subjects such as customary law, land rights and traditional legal practices.Read more
On March 27 2012, documentary filmmakers, Ilse and Femke van Velzen, showed their latest documentary about the Criminal Justice system in the Congo titled Justice for Sale at the Movies that Matter film festival in The Hague. The film documents the prosecution of a suspect accused of rape and the struggle of his lawyer for a Fair Trial and Due Process of Law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DCR).Read more