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Grotius Centre contributes to ICC ASP Expert Discussion on Effectiveness and Efficiency

On 24 November 2015, Prof. Carsten Stahn participated as external expert in a special plenary session of the Assembly of States Parties on the efficiency and effectiveness of Court proceedings, chaired by the co-chairs of the Study Group on Governance of the Assembly. Speakers included ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Mr Richard Dicker (Human Rights Watch). Prof. Stahn argued that the ICC procedural regime is sui generis in nature, combining features of common law and Romano-Germanic traditions, and certain novel provisions, specifically geared at the investigation and prosecution of international crimes. He stressed that that international criminal procedure is a living instrument. Many of the core issues are developed through practices, policies, and procedural decisions. In certain areas, the law needs to be developed gradually, or through ‘trial and error’, in order to establish ‘good practices’. Stahn noted that not all goals of the ICC are quantifiable, but that it is helpful to strengthen modalities of ICC self-assessment (as gradually) reflected in internal practice) and external assessment.

Expert Seminar on ICC Preliminary Examination and Legacy/Sustainable Exit

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Centre for International Law Research and Policy hosted an international expert seminar on 29 September 2015 at the Peace Palace on "The Peripheries of Justice Intervention: Preliminary Examination and Legacy/Sustainable Exit”.

More information can be found here.

The Hague Launch of "The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court"

It was a full house on 28 September 2015 when the new OUP volume on the Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (edited by Professor Carsten Stahn) was launched as part of the FCO Legal Diplomacy Series at the Residence of the British Ambassador in The Hague. ICC President Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, Judge Christopher Greenwood (ICJ) and Ian MacLeod (UK Legal Adviser) discussed different aspects of the book and the role of the ICC, more generally, in the presence of members of the international community and guests. As Judge Greenwood put it, the book is ‘always going to have a place on all our bookshelves, but it is a place it will not occupy very often, because it’s going to be taken off the shelf to be consulted on an almost daily basis.’ The book was made possible by a grant of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research related to the project on Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opens Advanced Course on International Criminal Law at the Peace Palace

On Monday 24 August 2015, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, delivered the Keynote Speech for the first Advanced Course on International Criminal Law, organized by The Hague Academy of International Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Security and Justice and the Municipality of The Hague. The topic of the speech was "T he investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes: reflections from the Office of the Prosecutor". The full text can be read here.


Larissa van den Herik

"Collective security is meant to protect and not to undermine human rights. The challenge is to solidly embed human rights in any UN sanctions regime."


Launch of new Leiden University website

Leiden University has launched a brand new website on the 10th of December 2015. In the coming weeks we will gradually move the information on this site to the new Grotius Centre pages. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments regarding the new website.

New Summer School on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law

The Grotius Centre offers a new summer school on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in International Law in 2016. The summer school will focus on the emergence of SOGI issues in different areas of international law, such as human rights law, refugee law and international criminal law.

Summer Schools applications now open!

Applications for the International Criminal Law Summer School, the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Summer School and the Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School are now welcome.


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