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  • Mali War Crimes Suspect Mr. Al Hassan Makes Initial Appearance Before the ICC

    April 5, 2018

    After the Al Mahdi case, a landmark trial, a second case has been referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Timbuktu, Mali between 2012 and 2013. Another Malian national, 40-year-old Mr Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He has been accused of destroying holy places, mausoleums of Muslim saints in Timbuktu and of enforcing a policy of forced marriage which had led to sexual slavery and rape of women and girls. The alleged crimes were committed between 2012 and 2013 when Timbuktu was under the control of militant islamists. From April 2012 until January 2013, Mr Al Hassan was head of the Islamic Police.

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  • Former Nazi Officer’s Plea for Mercy Rejected

    January 18, 2018

    The mercy plea of Oskar Gröning, a 96-year-old former Nazi officer, has been denied. On July 15, 2015, Mr Gröning, who is also called the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’, was condemned of being “guilty of aiding and abetting murder in three hundred thousand legally concurrent cases”, referring to the 300,000 murders that took place in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz during the Second World War. During the trial of 2015, Oskar Gröning expressly admitted moral guilt, but not criminal guilt.

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  • ICTY Sentences Ratko Mladić to Life Imprisonment

    November 23, 2017

    Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army and one-time fugitive from international justice, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague. The “Butcher of Bosnia” to his enemies and critics, Mladić was the most notorious of the ICTY’s 161 indictees, along with former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić and late Serbian President Slobodan Milosević. The ICTY convicted Mladić of crimes it labelled as some of the “most heinous” in human history, in one of the highest profile war crimes cases since the post-World War Two Nuremberg trials of Germany’s Nazi leadership.

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  • Benjamin Ferenczpad Unveiled

    May 30, 2017

    Last week, the path next to the Peace Palace has been named Benjamin Ferenczpad. Together with the students of the Duinoord School, 97-year-old Ferencz, former Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Nuremberg Einsatzgruppen Trial and advocate of the establishment of the International Criminal Court, unveiled his street name board. After revealing, he spoke to the children in the Peace Palace Library who were allowed to ask questions.

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  • ‘Nuremberg: It’s Lesson for Today’, Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

    November 18, 2015

    We kindly invite you for this film screening. Registration and tickets, please click here.
    ‘Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today’, Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

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  • Video Registration Lecture ‘70 Years Nuremberg’

    November 17, 2015

    Our event on November 14 was a great success. About 170 people attended! The speakers for this Library lecture were: H.E. Justice Shireen Avis Fisher from the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone, H.E. Judge Howard Morrison from the International Criminal Court and Mr. Axel Fisher, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. Please, watch the video registration on our YouTube Channel.
    Video Registration ‘70 Years Nuremberg’

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  • ‘70 Years Nuremberg’, Lecture and Film Screening, 14 and 26 November

    November 12, 2015

    The Peace Palace Library commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials against the principal perpetrators of the Hitler regime. The Library invites you to join us in commemorating this important moment in history and to reflect on the lessons we have learnt from the Nuremberg Trials in recent times. Please, register here.
    Hermann Goring at Nuremberg

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  • The International Nuremberg Principles Academy: Interview with Dr. Sigall Horovitz

    November 12, 2015

    On the 10th of November, we visited the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, created in 2014 to teach students from all over the world about international criminal law and human rights. Here we interviewed Bernd Borchardt, the founding director of the Academy, and dr. Sigall Horovitz, who works for the Educational Department of the Academy and who is a specialist in international criminal law and transitional justice.

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  • Nuremberg Its Lesson for Today – Film Review

    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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  • Nuremberg Court Sketches: Cartoons by Günter Peis

    Nuremberg Court Sketches: Cartoons by Günter Peis

    November 12, 2015

    Over 800 reporters were present at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg from November 1945 until September 1946 in a sincere effort to convey the significance of the Trials of Nuremberg. Among these many journalists were also sketch artists who made drawings of the courtroom and the defendants for media and publication companies. These sketch artists also played an import role to document the Nuremberg Trials while photographers were not always allowed in the court room.

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