- Event: ADC-ICTY Legacy Conference
by the Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the ICTY (ADC-ICTY)
Venue: Bel Air Hotel, The Hague, The Netherlands
ADCThe programme includes a panel on “Rights of the Accused”, on “Transparent Justice: the Defence Experience”, on the “ICTY Legacy” and on the “Role of the ADC-ICTY”. The keynote speech will be delivered by H.E. Judge Theodor Meron, ICTY President. Speakers and moderators include the Right Hon. Lord Iain Bonomy, Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, Judge Howard Morrison, as well as renowned Defence Counsel.
The ADC Annual Party will take place on the same day from 8pm onwards at Hudson’s Bar and Kitchen in The Hague.
If you have any queries about the conference please contact the Head of Office, Isabel Duesterhoeft.
For further information and to register for the conference, please go here.
- Event: “New Technologies and Warfare”
by the Netherlands Red Cross and the International Review of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Venue: Internationaal Perscentrum Nieuwspoort
Wandelgangerzaal II – Lange Poten 10 – 2511 CL Den Hague
The Netherlands Red Cross and the International Review of the Red Cross (ICRC) invite you to the launch of the latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross on “New Technologies and Warfare” (IRRC No 886) and a panel discussion on “armed drones and cyber warfare”.
In the latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross, various experts from the scientific, legal, ethics, and military domains discuss contemporary technological developments and their consequences, as well as the issues they raise for humanitarian law and action. Mariya Nikolova, Editor of the Review of the ICRC, will present the Review.
Following the recent advice of the Dutch Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV) on the use of armed drones, Prof. dr. Marcel Brus, Chairman of the CAVV, will be presenting the main conclusions of the advice. Subsequently there will be a panel debate on the topic: “armed drones and cyber warfare.” The Chairman of the CAVV, alongside an ICRC legal adviser and an expert of the Dutch Ministry of Defence will share their vision on cyber warfare and the use of armed drones.
The following guests will be present:
Johanna van Sambeek LL. M.
Director Strategy, Policy & Governance Support
Ms. Mariya Nikolova
Editor of the International Review of the Red Cross, International Committee of the Red Crosss
Professor dr. Marcel Brus
Chairman of the Dutch Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV)
Colonel dr. Paul Ducheine
Associate Professor for Cyber Operations at Netherlands Defence Academy
Mr. Laurent Gisel
Legal advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
The panel will be followed by an informal reception offered by the Netherlands Red Cross.
If you wish to participate, please send an email (reference: Review)
- Event: "Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law"
By the Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity
Date: Friday 25 October 2013
Venue: European University, Florence, Italy
The Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity organizes a workshop on the topic Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law.
“Enforced disappearance remains one of the most heinous human rights violations. From the ‘political cleansing’ campaigns of oppressive regimes to the ‘war on terror’, hundreds of thousands of targeted opponents have disappeared without a trace, and their families left to live in uncertainty over their fate. Due to its complex nature as a multiple human rights violation and a very serious international crime, and the fact that it is, by definition, shrouded in secrecy, enforced disappearance poses particular problems with regard to accountability.
Today, in spite of a framework which includes the 2007 United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, several international courts and monitoring bodies with competence over the violation, as well as the International Criminal Court, these problems persist and new challenges emerge in the fight against impunity.
This Workshop, inspired by Antonio Cassese’s early dedication to the eradication of enforced disappearance in Chile, seeks to address some of the problematic issues raised by the ‘modern’ forms of enforced disappearance, and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing international framework.
Presentations will be given by leading experts in the field. In the active discussion that will follow each presentation, participants will have the opportunity to share views and experience in both an academic but also in a professional context. The Workshop is addressed to professionals in the fields of human rights and international criminal law, as well as PhD researchers and students with a demonstrated interest.”
Find out more about the programme here.
If you wish to participate, please register online.
- Event: "The ICJ in the Service of Peace and Justice"
In celebration of the Centenary of the Peace Palace, the seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a conference will be held on Monday September 23, entitled ‘The ICJ in the Service of Peace and Justice’ in the Great Hall of Justice at the Peace Palace.
The conference will be structured around four main topics, including:
1. A Century of International Justice and Prospects for the Future;
2. The International Court of Justice and the International Legal System;
3. The Role of the International Court of Justice for Enhancing the Rule of Law; and
4. The International Court of Justice and the United Nations: Relationship of the ICJ with other UN organs.
Owing to the limited number of seats available in the Great Hall of Justice, access is reserved for those diplomats, lawyers and journalists who have been invited by the Court. However, it has been decided to make the debates available to the media and the general public, with extensive on-line and television coverage on the Court’s website as well as on the United Nations on-line television channel.
A detailed programme of the conference can be found here.
- IBA Report on ICC’s Reliance on Live Witness Testimony
A new International Bar Association (IBA) report published today examines and assesses the achievements, challenges and needs of witnesses in cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and finds that the ICC’s extensive reliance on witnesses is fraught with challenges. Reiterated throughout the Report is the issue of the ICC’s heavy reliance on live witnesses’ testimonies. However, the IBA also includes reference to the prosecution’s commitment to sourcing forms of credible and reliable evidence other than witness testimonies.
Entitled, Witnesses before the International Criminal Court, the IBA report is the result of comprehensive research and consultations with ICC officials and other key stakeholders. It will be launched at a high-level roundtable discussion at The Hague Institute for Global Justice on 15 July 2013 in the approach to the Day of International Criminal Justice (17 July). Participating in the event Witnesses under threat? An open discussion on the ICC’s efforts and challenges in managing and protecting its witnesses will be key ICC officials, members of The Hague’s diplomatic community, and leading ICC experts. Discussion will focus on the Report’s key findings; the specific recommendations made to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), the organs of the Court, and the host state (the Netherlands); and the complex issues around organising and protecting witnesses.
For further information please contact Romana St. Matthew – Daniel.