Human rights

  • Sports and Russian Doping: Fairness vs. the Human Right to Sport

    July 29, 2016

    Devastating Wada reports documented systematic, state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics. It found widespread state action to hide cheating among Russian athletes in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics, as well as a comprehensive cover up of doping during the World Championships in Moscow and the Winter Olympics in Sochi a year later. The IOC decided not to impose a blanket ban on the Russian team competing in the Rio Olympic Games. What’s fair play? Which human rights are in play? What is the credibility of the Olympic Games?

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  • Ending violence against women

    Ending Violence against Women

    June 23, 2016

    Violence against women occurs throughout the world. Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Not to mention sexual violence against women and girls, massive rape and sexual assaults in India, Germany and Brazil. In this blog I will address the UNiTE campaign, goals and the most prominent global norms and standards concerning the ending of violence against women.

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  • European Patent Office: An International Organization before a National Court

    May 7, 2016

    In recent years, the European Patent Office (EPO) has been plagued by ongoing problems between the leadership of this organization and its labour union (SUEPO) over workers’ rights. For a long time, problems remained unresolved, but as tensions rose and relations between the management and staff members became more strained, the labour union decided to request a national court in The Netherlands to take up the case against the European Patent Office. The city of The Hague , where one of the offices of the European Patent Office is established, takes justice very seriously and has so far, delivered two judgments, one by a High Court as well as by an Appeals Court.

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  • Report: The Fine Art of Peacemaking: The Aesthetics of War

    March 31, 2016

    On Thursday March 24, The Hague Peace Projects, a fairly new peace organization in the city of The Hague, organized a Lecture titled ‘The Fine Art of Peacemaking; The Aesthetics of War’. This interesting event focusses on bringing together individuals from different disciplines, namely the field of human rights and the art world, whose work focusses on political and social issues. For this occasion, The Hague Peace Projects invited Russian human rights lawyer Oleg Khabibrakhmanov and Dutch artist Olphaert den Otter to discuss their work and engage in a dialogue to explore where arts and activism intersect, what they can learn from one another and how they can help to work towards bringing about sustainable peace.

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  • International Law at the Movies That Matter Festival 2016

    February 29, 2016

    The Movies that Matter Festival 2016 takes place from March 18 -26 in The Hague, presenting over 70 motion pictures and documentaries. The programme ‘Camera Justitia’ includes nine fiction films and documentaries, dozens of post-screening discussions and a master class on justice and international law which will be taught by ICTY Prosecutor, Mr. Serge Brammertz. Oscar-nominated motion picture ‘Krigen ‘ will kick off this year’s edition on Friday 18 March. The film, produced by Tobias Lindholm (Kapringen) and starring Pilou Asbaek (Borgen), shows how an army commander engaged in armed combat in Afghanistan finds himself facing trial after making a tricky decision in a combat situation. Suddenly his struggle takes on an entirely different dimension. Read more about the many fascinating films and highlights that year’s edition of the Movies that Matter Festival has in store for us.

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

    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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  • Roma in Europe

    December 11, 2015

    Cor de Vos, former mayor of Nieuwegein, representative of the Netherlands in CAHROM, the Comittee of the Council of Europe for ROMA issues talks about the policies which are needed in Europe to address the living conditions of Roma. A very big effort of all authorities on European, national and local level is needed and should be directed at lifting the miserable conditions of the Roma people at the grassroots, first of all in Central and Eastern Europe, in order to prevent an even worse scenario of riot and violence.

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  • The Gerritsen Collection

    The Gerritsen Collection

    October 2, 2015

    The Gerritsen Collection is a comprehensive collection of works pertaining to women’s history, but it also contains a plentitude of books, articles and essays relevant to peace history and the development of international law. The collection honors the legacy of famous peace heroes and feminists. To help educate the public about the 19th century peace movement, the Library – with the assistance from the Bertha von Suttner Project – has subscribed to this database for 2015.

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  • Human Trafficking: Prevention, Prosecution and Protection under International Law

    August 7, 2015

    Despite restrictions and obligations under international law, it is estimated that $31.6 billion is illegally profiteered each year from human trafficking and forced labour of over 27 million people. Human trafficking or trafficking in persons is defined in the 2000 Palermo Protocol as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.”

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  • Hague Academy Model United Nations General Assembly Legal Committee

    June 30, 2015

    On Saturday July 18, 2015 the Association of Attendees and Alumni of The Hague Academy of International Law, together with the United Nations Association The Netherlands, organizes a Model United Nations of the United Nations General Assembly Legal Committee. The Model United Nations will take place at the Peace Palace. Only participants of the 2015 Hague Academy Public International Law Summer Courses can register for the MUN at the AAA-desk. The registration will be confirmed after the payment of the registration fee of 20 euros (payment upon registration).

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