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  • Robots and Rights

    November 16, 2017

    Recently, an intelligent and human looking robot named Sophia made global headlines when Saudi Arabia granted the humanoid robot Saudi citizenship. According to the headlines, Saudi Arabia became the first country to grant a robot citizenship. The news caused quite a stir – the female looking robot was not wearing a hijab, she was not accompanied by a male guardian and the robot was awarded citizenship, which made it look like a humanoid intelligent robot was given more rights than women and migrants living in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is known for its restrictive policy concerning women’s rights and Saudi women have only recenly been given the right to drive a car. Perhaps it is a bit premature to give an AI humanoid robots like Sophia citizenship rights. Was it a publicity stunt? Yes.

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  • Targeted Killing of European Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and Iraq

    October 25, 2017

    In recent years, a significant number of European nationals have travelled to Syria or Iraq to train and fight with terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS). This flow of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) has posed serious security concerns for Europe, in particular with regards to the threat posed by FTFs returning to Europe to carry out terrorist attacks. In this context, it appears that a number of States have resorted to targeted strikes against their citizens in Syria and Iraq.

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  • In Memoriam M. Cherif Bassiouni

    September 26, 2017

    A global ‘champion of justice,’ has died last Monday. Benjamin Ferencz, who at 98 is the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg war crimes trials, said that Mr. Bassiouni “was a real contributor to international criminal law and the rule of law to protect human rights.” No less than 334 publications on his name in our Catalogue!

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  • Turkey: Constitutional Referendum during a State of Emergency

    March 30, 2017

    Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum on 16 April 2017 is deeply polarizing Turkish society and concurrently threatening its foreign relations with Western allies. According to the latest polls, the battle for the constitutional reform package is a neck and neck race, with the opposition having a slight lead for now. So far neither side has taken a convincing lead but if president Erdoğan gains the necessary support for the referendum, eighteen amendments will alter the Turkish constitution in a way that will grant the president sweeping powers and mark the biggest changes since the inception of the 93-year old Turkish Republic. Prior to the referendum, Turkey’s already brittle democracy had been dealt a huge blow by the declaration of the State of Emergency after the failed coup in July 2016, which initiated a purge of nearly unprecedented scale.

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  • Symposium and Book launch: “Women’s Human Rights and the Elimination of Discrimination”.

    March 16, 2017

    On the occasion of International Women’s Day, a Symposium including a book launch of the latest publication of the Academy, “Women’s Human Rights and the Elimination of Discrimination,” took place in the Auditorium of the Academy building of the Peace Palace on Wednesday 8 March 2017. The symposium was opened by a word of welcome of professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin, Secretary-General of The Hague Academy of International Law. After the welcome address Ms. Saskia Bruines, the Deputy-Mayor of The Hague held a speech about gender equality, women in leadership positions. Unfortunately, the glass ceiling for women in career related matters has not yet been shattered.

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  • International-womens day 2017

    International Women’s Day: 8 March 2017

    March 2, 2017

    International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. On this day the Hague Academy of International Law will organize a symposium and the booklaunch of the Centre’s 2014 research programme “Women’s Human Rights and the Elimination of Discrimination= Les droits des femmes et l’élimination de la discrimination”.

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  • Universe of Nonsense

    January 19, 2017

    In today’s malleable world of Big Data, wherein modern people use Google to know more but understand less, we risk forgetting how knowledge is created and how we can verify a fact. The internet would give us a more democratic and open media environment, but the opposite is true: we live in closed communities online, echo well show us what’s right, bubbles created algorithms which make us encounter only the news that confirms our worldview.This electronic world could lead to a feasible reality based on emotions, opinions, prejudices and places the truth based on objective facts more and more in the shade. All the battles for human rights and the call to freedom and justice will turn out meaningless.

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  • Relief from Arch of Titus in Rome showing the spoils of Jerusalem

    ‘The World Forgetting, by the World Forgot’

    November 17, 2016

    At present there are many complex legal cases on cultural heritage waiting to be settled. These cases are a judicial challenge for all stakeholders. What makes it even more of a challenge is that most don’t realise the fact that cultural heritage is a component of a human rights issue. Cultural heritage could be described as a record of the genius of human beings. The legacy of artefacts, antiquities, traditions and living expressions could be seen as unintelligible foot print left behind for the next generations to mark our path through this world. It’s unimaginable to separate a people’s cultural heritage from the people itself and their rights.

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  • Syria Crisis: Humanitarian Law, Warfare, Refugees

    October 13, 2016

    The Syrian civil war is an ongoing multi-sided armed conflict in Syria in which international interventions have taken place. Violence has escalated amid an absence of meaningful efforts to end the war. Individuals and units are believed to be responsible for crimes against humanity, breaches of international humanitarian law and gross human rights violations. We have created a Library special on this topic in order to provide you easy access to our collection.

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  • Film Timbuktu, 23 September, Peace Palace

    September 20, 2016

    This year the Peace Palace will screen again, in cooperation with Movies that Matter, a film about Peace and Justice during the Just Peace Festival. This year’s audience favorite Timbuktu will be shown in the beautiful garden of the Palace. After the screening the Malian musician Zoumana Diarra will give a concert. Tickets €10,- Students € 9. Access only with valid ID.
    Timbuktu

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