Lecture by Mr. Harold Honju Koh at the Grotius Centre

On 9 December, the Grotius Centre and the Netherlands Society of International Law hosted a lecture by Mr. Harold Hongju Koh, current Legal Adviser to the US Department of State and former Dean of Yale Law School.  Mr. Koh spoke on ‘International Law in the Obama Administration’.  He discussed the roles of a Legal Adviser in the State Department (ie. as counsellor, conscience-defender and spokesperson), the ‘agendas’ of the current administration (ie. ‘repair’, ‘resume’, ‘renew’) and the prime areas of international law that draw the focus of attention within his office (i.e. the ‘Law of September 11’, justice and dispute settlement, international agreements and globalization).  Following the lecture, Mr. Koh took the time to address questions posed to him by the audience. 


Grotius Centre trains personnel International Criminal Court

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (University Leiden, Campus Den Haag) delivers training to personnel of the International Criminal Court. The training session was opened by Prof. John Vervaele, Vice-Dean of Utrecht Law School, Joel Rache ICC Learning and Development Officer and Carsten Stahn, Programme Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. Read more...


Post-Conflict and Local Ownership: The Role of the International Community in Colombia’s Transitional Justice Process

On Thursday 29 October the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, in conjunction with the Embassy of the Republic of Colombia, hosted a lecture by Mr. Marco Alvarez.  Mr. Alvarez spoke in his capacity as Head of the Colombian Peace Process Support Mission, of the Organization of American States. The topic of the lecture: ‘The Role of the International Community in Colombia’s Transitional Justice Process’. A report on this lecture will soon be available here.

Conference on The ICC and Complementarity

On 15/16 September 2009, the Grotius Centre held an interdisciplinary research conference on the theme of complementarity at the Peace Palace and Campus The Hague. The Conference brought together Hague officials, researchers, members of the diplomatic community and NGOs to discuss the relationship between the ICC and domestic jurisdictions. Read the full report....

Right to Development Report presented at Human Rights Council

On Thursday 17 September, professor Nico Schrijver and Anna Gouwenberg LL.M presented their report on 'The legal implementation of the right to development' at a side event to the 12th session of the Human Rights Council. The report was written upon request of the Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN in Geneva. The side event was organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Dutch Permanent Representation to the UN.  Read more... 

John Bellinger lectures on “International Law Opportunities and Challenges for the Obama Administration: From Closing Guantanamo to Engaging the International Criminal Court”

Bellinger opened his lecture at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus The Hague) by expressing the concerns he felt during his time as Legal Advisor to the U.S. Department of State over the negative perceptions of the international community of the United States’ attitude towards international law.  He asserted that the second term of the Bush administration saw an improvement in its attitude towards international law. As an example, he noted that the 90 treaties being approved by the Senate, with encouragement from the U.S. Department of State, are more than at any other time in United States’ history.  Read more...

Celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Rome Statute

Eleven years ago, on 17 July 1998, the ICC founding treaty, the Rome Statute, was adopted at the historic Rome Conference. July 17 is now celebrated around the world as International Justice Day. On this occasion, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in collaboration with The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus The Hague) and the T.M.C. Asser Institute hosted a moderated panel discussion followed by a question-and-answer session titled "International Justice Day: Celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the Rome Statute". Opening remarks were delivered by Judge Hans-Peter Kaul (Germany), ICC Second Vice-President. Read more...

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Philippe Kirsch opens Marie Curie Top Summer School

On June 29 Judge Philippe Kirsch, former ICC President and ad hoc Judge at ICJ, held the opening lecture of the Marie Curie Top Summer School. The Top Summer School encourages high-level and interactive research among PhD candidates in Public International Law and International Criminal Justice. Highly respected academics and practitioners provide tailor made training and tutoring as well as input on current themes of reflection. Read more…

Interdisciplinary approaches towards sexual violence as international crime

Between 16 and 18 June, more than 200 experts and participants from international organisations, the international justice community (Hague courts and tribunals, academia, NGOs) and related fields (aid workers, psychologists, journalists) gathered in The Hague for an interdisciplinary colloquium on Sexual Violence, held at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Grotius Centre and the Peace Palace. The colloquium explored possibilities and challenges concerning the treatment and prosecution of sexual victimisation as international crime. Read more...   


Intersessional Meeting of Crimes Against Humanity Initiative held at Grotius Centre, The Hague

On 11 and 12 June, leading experts in the area of international criminal justice convened for an Intersessional Meeting in The Hague to discuss the prospects of a multilateral convention on Crimes against Humanity. The meeting was the second expert meeting held under the auspices of the Washington University School of Law, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute’s Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. It was held at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University, Campus Den Haag) and opened by Jozias Van Aartsen, Mayor of the City of The Hague. Read more....


Historic Conference Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice

On 8 June 2009 on the topic - Fighting Impunity and Promoting International Justice – a conference was held at the Peace Palace in the Hague, the Netherlands.  This conference brought together over 300 government officials, judges, prosecutors, IGOs, NGOs, members of civil society and experts in the field of international criminal law, human rights and post-conflict justice. This event was historic as it gathered the Presidents of the international courts and tribunals along with the Registrars and Prosecutors. At the conference, post-conflict justice modalities were assessed in connection with their effectiveness in different situations as well as the worldwide study undertaken by this project. 


ICC Registrar underlines the need for cooperation and the key role of local actors in the Uganda situationregistrar

On May 13, Silvana Arbia (ICC Registrar) spoke in her personal capacity at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies on the background and role of the Court in the Uganda situation.
In her address, Ms. Arbia presented the historical origins of the conflict, the engagement and activities of the Court relating to outreach, victims and witnesses, complementarity and cooperation, as well as developments in the situation from the Ugandan referral to the 2010 Review Conference.

Ms. Arbia stressed the need to mobilise arrest efforts to enforce the warrants of arrest issued by the Court. She further underlined the key role of local actors for the success of the International Criminal Court. The lecture was attended by more than 120 guests, including Ambassador Mirjam Blaak, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Uganda.

The discussion with the audience focused on the cooperation between the Court and Ugandan authorities, lessons learned from the Court´s outreach activities, the effectiveness of protection of victims and witnesses and the long-term strategy of the Court in the Uganda situation.

The full text of her lecture is available.