International Criminal Court
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).Read more
On Tuesday March 8, a special conference took place titled ‘Women in Key Leadership Positions in the Field of Law ; Global Perspectives ’. The event was organized to mark International Women’s Day and was initiated by the Embassy of Israel. The purpose of the event was for women who are considered to be part of the top ranks of international justice to discuss and reflect upon common issues that transcend boundaries. Much of the discussion focused on professional and personal intertwining and examine how much of the personal experiences find their way in to the professional life.Read more
The year 2014 ended with a cliff-hanger for the Israeli-Palestinian question. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute on New Year’s eve, a day after a UN resolution mandating Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank failed to pass at the Security Council. As a result, on 6 January 2015, the UN secretary-general confirmed by an official note that Palestine will accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015. In this blog I will explain the meaning of the Palestinian accession, the procedure of preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court and possible consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Read more
On July 23, Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, suggested that attacks on civilians by both Israel and Hamas may have violated international law “in a manner that could amount to war crimes.” Senior British lawyers have written to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, urging it to investigate “crimes” committed in Gaza, including the destruction of homes, hospitals and schools. The lawyers say that it is within the ICC’s jurisdiction to act because the government of Palestine made a declaration in 2009 accepting the court’s role and the UN has since acknowledged Palestine as a non-member observer state.Read more
On July 17th, the Peace Palace Library and the Hague Academy of International Law organized a small event to celebrate International Justice Day. It was the first time, that a special event was held in the Peace Palace to mark this day. For this special occasion, we invited Dr. Cyril Laucci, legal advisor from the International Criminal Court, to speak to the students. A lively interactive session took place in which students passionately debated their questions and concerns relating to issues in international criminal law.Read more
The International Criminal Justice Day is commemorated on 17 July. This is the day that marks the entry into force of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court twelve years ago. A small Celebration event will take place in the Auditorium, 16.00-17.00h. Hague Academy only!Read more
Three Aspects of International Justice at The Hague, ICJ, ICC and ICTY, Conference, 9-13 October 2013October 10, 2013
The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists holds its annual conference in the Peace Palace, The Hague. The conference will deal with the topic: “Three Aspects of International Justice at The Hague: ICJ, ICC and ICTY”.Read more
A multimedia exhibit in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall from 26 November to 4 December will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The exhibition was made possible by the city of The Hague and the government of Switzerland.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
Ten years ago, on 1 July 2002 the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) entered into force. At the moment there are 121 States Parties to the Rome Statute. The ICC is the first permanent international court for the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
What has been achieved by the Court since 2002?Read more