2009 Conferences & Events

Please see below detailed information  on our upcoming conferences, seminars and other events.

June 4 The Hague International Network Meeting

Dr. Carsten Stahn, Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies on ¡°Where the World Seeks Justice - Insights into the practice of Hague International Courts and Tribunals¡.

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies facilitates a network meeting on June 4 for expats working for companies, international organisations and embassies, as well as Dutch citizens who live or work in The Hague area and have contact with expats.

Key note speaker will be Dr. Carsten Stahn, Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. He will give an overview of the practice of different international Courts and tribunals and how international criminal law operates inside and outside the Court room.

The Hague is known as the ¡°legal capital of the world¡±. It hosts a great number of international institutions in the field of international criminal justice, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the permanent International Criminal Court, trial proceedings of Special Court for Sierra Leone and the newly established Special Tribunal for Lebanon. In light of the number of judicial institutions and activities, it is difficult to keep track of the dynamic developments in this field.

The network meeting is an initiative of The Hague International Network (THIN) and is a joint effort by The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, The City of The Hague and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

The network meeting will be held from 18.00 till 20.00 hrs. at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in the Auditorium at Lange Houtstraat 5 in The Hague and is open to anyone interested upon sending a registration mail to

June 8 International Conference on Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice

On 8 June the International Conference on Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice will take place in the Peace Palace.

This conference will provide the opportunity for members of civil society, NGO¡¯s, government officials and experts to meet and discuss the Chicago Principles on Post-Conflict Justice as well as provide recommendations for the future implementation of post-conflict justice modalities.

The conference opening will begin with a welcome by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, President, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences followed by H.E. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Minister of Justice, The Netherlands.  Then each President or Representative of the international tribunals will speak, as follows: Judge Hisashi Owada, President, International Court of Justice; Judge Sang-hyun Song, President, International Criminal Court; Judge Renate Winter, President, Special Court of Sierra Leone; Judge Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda;  and Representatives from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

The afternoon sessions include discussion on the project¡¯s Regional Conferences (Margaret Zimmerman), International and Domestic Prosecutions (Dr. Nadia Bernaz), An Overview of Truth Commissions and other investigative bodies as Post-Conflict Justice Tools (Dr. Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm), Reparations in International Law and Practice (Professor Naomi Roht-Arriaza) and aGlobal Comparison of Amnesty Laws  (Dr. Louise Mallinder).

The conference is organised by the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC) in conjunction with the European Commission, the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI), the Association Internationale de Droit P¨¦nal (AIDP) and the Irish Centre of Human Rights (ICHR) through the contribution of the EuropeAid Office of the European Commission and the local support of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and T.M.C. Asser Institute.

The conference starts at 8.30 till 17.30 hrs. and will be hosted at the Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, The Hague.

Please register through by filling in the registration form and sending it to: .

Please note that to enter the Peace Palace you need to take your ID and invitation or confirmation of your registration.

June 11-12 Hague Intersessional Experts' Meeting in cooperation with Crimes Against Humanity Initiative

Several international instruments contain a definition of the crime against humanity, but no two are alike. The aim of the Intersessional Expert Meeting on June 11 and 12 is to discuss the results of the April Expert Meeting and discuss implementation and enforcement issues of a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity and its interplay with the Rome Statute.

For more information, please contact the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.

June 17 Book launch by Hector Olasolo Alonso

Hector Olasolo Alonso will present his:

 ¡°The Criminal Responsibility of Senior Political and Military Leaders as Principals to International Crimes¡±.

This book launch will be held at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Lange Houtstraat 5 (Auditorium) The Hague. Everyone is cordially invited to attend, prior registration is not needed.



18.00-18.15 Welcome by Carsten Stahn, Director of The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

18.00-18.30 Introduction by ICC Judges Sir Adrian Fulford and Ekaterina Trendafilova

18.30-19.00 Book Presentation by Hector Olasolo Alonso, Legal Officer ICC

19.00-19.15 Commentary by Richard Hart, Managing Director Hart Publishing

19.15-20.00 Reception with drinks

June 16-18 Colloquium on Sexual Violence as International Crime: interdisciplinary approaches to evidence

This Interdisciplinary Colloquium from 16 to 18 June will focus on innovations and challenges of empirical and other information gathering techniques to build evidence for the prosecution of cases of sexual violence.

The focus will include such aspects as the development of new kinds of social scientific, archival and medical data collection techniques; the development of evidence in relation to charges ranging from sexual slavery to crimes against humanity and genocide; and evidentiary and procedural differences involved in prosecuting sexual victimization in domestic versus international courts.

To meet the Colloquium¡¯s goal of familiarizing participants from different fields with the overlapping possibilities and challenges they confront in advocating and assisting in the prosecution of sexual violence as international crime, the Colloquium will feature both plenary panels and working group sessions. This will include social scientists, court and aid workers, medical personnel, psychologists, journalists, and activists.

The colloquium is a joint effort by Center on Law and Globalization of the University of Illinois College of Law and American Bar Foundation in cooperation with The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University/Campus The Hague and The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), Tilburg University

The colloquium will opened July 16th at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the June 17th sessions will be held at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in the Auditorium at Lange Houstraat 5 and the closing day will be hald at the Peace Palace (Carenegieplein 2) in The Hague. Participants need to for each day and for each of the Working Group Sessions. 

Please consult the full program at the bottom of this page. For more information please contact the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.

July 17th Panel discussion on International Justice Day

On International Justice Day (Juli 17th) a panel discussion will take place at Campus Den Haag. The panel discussion is in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC) adopted in 1998.

The panel discussion with among others, ICC Vice President Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, focuses on balancing victims and defense rights, improving cooperation with the ICC, communicating the Rome Statute system and discussing the prospects for the 2010 Review Conference (full programme).The discussion is organized by The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, in cooperation with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus The Hague) and the T.M.C. Asser Institute.

Time: 10.00 tot 12.00

Attendance is free, but rsvp:

Location: Campus Den Haag, Lange Houtstraat 5, Den Haag

August 28 Master  Class research  at  the  interface  of  international  law  and philosophy  

On  Friday  28  August  2009,  the  Grotius  Centre  for  International  Legal  Studies  (Leiden University),  in  cooperation  with  the  Amsterdam  Center  for  International  Law  (University  of Amsterdam)  and  the  Institute  for  Philosophy  (Leiden  University),  will  organize  a  Master Class  on  the  challenges  and  opportunities  of  research  at  the  interface  of  law  and philosophy.  The  Master  Class  will  provide  interdisciplinary  researchers  a  good  opportunity  to meet  and  share  their  views  with  colleagues.  The  location  of  the  Master  Class  will  be Campus  The  Hague,  which  is  located  at  Lange  Voorhout  44,  The  Hague.

Must  the  Researcher  Stick  to  His  or  Her  Own  Last?

In  1950,  Hans  Kelsen  wrote  in  The  Law  of  the  United  Nations  that  "[i]t  is  not superfluous to  remind  the  lawyer  that  as  a  "jurist" he  is  but  a  technician  whose  most  important task is to  assist  the  law-maker  in  the  adequate  formulation  of  the  legal  norms."(Kelsen, The Law of the United Nations: A Critical Analysis of its Fundamental Problems. Stevens & Sons, 1950).  One may  wonder  whether  researchers  of  international  law  ought  to  restrict themselves  to  being just  a  "jurist". Are  they  not  allowed  to  engage  in  "philosophizing" as  well?  And,  vice  versa, one  may  wonder  whether  philosophers  - and  political  scientists ¨-  may  also  act  as  jurists.     

Professor  Larry  May   

Special  guest  of  the  Master  Class  is  Larry  May,  who  is  currently W.  Alton  Jones Professor  of  Philosophy  and  Professor  of  Law  at Vanderbilt  University,  in  Nashville,  Tennessee  (USA). Larry  May  is  a philosopher  who  has  worked  on  conceptual  issues  in  collective  and shared responsibility,  as  well  as  normative  issues  in  international criminal  law.  

He  has  also  worked in  professional  ethics  and  the  Just  War tradition. Larry  May  has  a  Ph.D.  from  the  New School  for  Social Research (New  York),  where  he  was  Hannah  Arendt ¡s  last research assistant.  He  also  has  a  JD  in  law.  

His  writings  have  won  various  awards,  and  have  been translated  into  French,  German, Italian,  Serbian,  Japanese,  Chinese,  and  Korean.  Professor May  has  also  lectured extensively around  the  world.  He  is  former  president  of  the American  section  of  the  International Society  for  Philosophy  of  Law.  In  addition,  he  has occasionally  taken  a  criminal  appeals case,  and  has  worked  on  several  death  penalty cases in  the  United  States.  

General  Outline  of  the  Programme  

The  Master  Class  will  consist  of  three  parts.  First,  Professor  Larry  May  will  tell  the participants  the  story  of  his  Werdegang.  He  will  focus  on  the  dilemmas  that  one  faces when  combining  international  law  with  philosophy.  Since  Professor  May  has  extensive experience  in  both  academia  and  practice,  he  will  also  speak  about  the  oftentimes  perilous relationship  between  theory  and  practice.  Second,  the  participants  have  the  opportunity  to discuss  a  recent  paper  written  by  Professor  May,  which  will  be  distributed  beforehand.  The third  part  of  the  programme  consists  of  the  actual  Master  Class,  in  which  a  restricted number  of  PhD  students  have  the  opportunity  to  discuss  their  work  with  Professor  Larry May  and  the  otherparticipants.  If  you  wish  to  present  your  research,  please  send  us  a brief  CV,  and  a  short  description  of  your  research.  You  may  also  choose  to  just  listen  to the  presentations  and  participate  in  the  discussion.        

The  Programme  (provisional)

11.30  - 11.45  Arrival  with  coffee  and  tea  

11.45  - 12.00  Welcome

12.00  - 12.30  Lecture  by  Professor  Larry  May  

12.30  - 13.30  Lunch    

13.30  - 14.00  Discussion  of  Larry  May¡¯s  paper.     

14.00  - 16.00  Opportunity  for  PhD  Students  to  present  their  research  to  Professor  Larry  May  and  their  colleagues,  and  receive  feedback.

Registration  and  more  information  

For  more  information  and  to  register,  please  send  an  email  to  

If  you  wish  to  give  a  brief  presentation  of  your  research,  please  send  us,  when  you register,  a  brief  introduction  of  your  research  and  a  short  CV.   





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