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Benjamin Ferencz at Leiden Law School


From 1-5 September Benjamin Ferencz (94) visited the Leiden Law School. He was invited for a special one-day event organized for all 2nd year law students, devoted to the theme ‘ethical dilemmas in war and peace’. In 1947-1948 Ferencz was the chief prosecutor in one of the so-called follow-up Nuremberg trials, the  Einsatzgruppen  trial.

During his long life he has published extensively and has participated in international negotiations on the definition of aggression and on the crime of aggression. See for further information his website.

Following an inspiring presentation in movie theatre Trianon on 1 September he answered questions from some of the 200 second year law students who were present and had discussions with them. On 3 September Ferencz spoke in the Academy building during an unforgettable meeting with the new group of 38 Advanced LLM Public International Law students, please see the video of this meeting. On 5 September he spoke in the Lorentz lecture hall for academic staff. In between these presentations, Ferencz had interviews (with Mare, Leidsch Dagblad, NRC and Deutschlandradio) and meetings with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, judges and staff of the ICC, and with the President of the ICTY.


Book Launch


It was a full house on 30 April at the joint launch of two important books, Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations , edited by Professor Carsten Stahn , Jennifer S. Easterday , and Jens Iverson (all members of faculty at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies) and Proportionality in International Law , written by Professor Michael A. Newton and Professor Larry May. The first volume provides a detailed understanding of the development and nature of jus post bellum as a concept, including its foundations, criticisms, and relationship to related concepts (such as transitional justice, and the responsibility to protect). The second critically assesses the law of proportionality in a uniquely interdisciplinary way. The crowd was treated to interesting presentations by Professor Naomi Roht Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and Judge Howard Morrison, Judge of the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, as well as a panel with editors Professor Carsten Stahn, Jennifer S. Easterday, Jens Iverson, and author Professor Michael A. Newton.


New Grotius Centre publication on Jus Post Bellum

The Jus Post Bellum project is glad to announce the publication of a new work by Oxford University Press (‘Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations’) which examines the content and normative foundations of jus post bellum . The book (edited by Carsten Stahn , Jennifer Easterday and Jens Iverson ) provides a modern account of core concepts underlying transitions from conflict to peace, i.e. the law (' jus '), temporal aspects of application (' post '), and the nexus of the concept to peace and different types of armed conflict (' bellum '). The volume examines the development and nature of jus post bellum , including its foundations, criticisms, and relationship to related concepts (e.g., transitional justice, responsibility to protect). It investigates the relationship of the concept to jus ad bellum and jus in bello, and its relevance in internal armed conflicts and peacebuilding. It reviews contemporary approaches towards ending of conflict, including indicators for the end of conflict, exit strategies, and institutional responses. It seeks to clarify emerging norms, principles and practices, drawing on disparate bodies and sources of international law such as peace agreements, treaty law, self-determination, norms governing peace operations and the status of foreign armed forces, environmental law, human rights, and amnesty law. The volume contains 26 chapters written by leading experts, including several Leiden scholars (Eric de Brabandere , Dov Jacobs and Freya Baetens ). It was made possible by a Vidi grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research . For follow-up activities of the Jus Post Bellum project on ‘Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage’ and ‘Property and Investment’ in June 2014, see here.


Leiden Fact-Finding Project discussed Future of Human Rights Fact-Finding at New York University

On 1-2 November 2013, NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice hosted a conference entitled ‘Human Rights Fact-Finding in the Twenty-first Century’. The Grotius Centre contributed two papers to the conference which form part of the fact-finding project of the Centre, carried out in cooperation with the Hague Institute for Global Justice. Prof. dr. Larissa van den Herik and Catherine Harwood spoke about the impact of the use of international criminal law as a normative framework by international commissions of inquiry. Prof. dr. Carsten Stahn and Dov Jacobs discussed the interaction between human rights fact-finding and international criminal proceedings. The conference also explored possibilities offered by new technologies to investigate alleged human rights violations; issues of politics and imperialism; roles of victims and witnesses; fact-finding in advocacy, enforcement, and litigation; and the utility of fact-finding guidelines. One of the outputs of the conference is a volume of essays to be edited by Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey.



 


Carsten Stahn:

"International justice is no longer a one-way street: It is a dialogue among institutions and, most of all, about dialogue with domestic jurisdictions and communities."

SPOTLIGHT

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