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21 November 2013    |Panel Discussion ''Contemporary Challenges in IHL"


The Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum held a panel discussion on ‘Contemporary Challenges in International Humanitarian Law’ on Thursday, 21 November 2013 at Leiden Law School. Speakers included Prof. Geoffrey Corn, Prof. Mike Schmitt and Prof. Gabriella Venturini. More details: flyer.




22 and 23 November 2013    |Expert workshop: "The Conduct of Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law - Challenges of 21st Century Warfare” 


On 22 and 23 November 2013, the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam and the University of Glasgow, hosted an expert workshop of about 20 international renowned academics, who are members of the International Law Association’s study group on the "Conduct of Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law - Challenges of 21st Century Warfare”. The experts met to discuss possible solutions to problems such as the use of new technologies in armed conflict, like drones and autonomous weapons, the relationship between law enforcement operations and regular warfare, and the challenges posed by the fight against terrorism. The results of this expert process will be presented to the other members of the ILA at their next meeting in Washington in April 2014. 



12 June 2013    |Leiden Journal of International Law prize workshop


On the 12th of June, the  Leiden Journal of International Law organized the first LJIL prize workshop during which the article of the laureate Richard Collins, ‘Constitutionalism as Liberal-Juridical Consciousness: Echoes from International Law’s Past’, will be discussed by Erika de Wet and Jure Vidmar. 





30 May 2013  |Panel Discussion  Cyber Warfare and International Law
 

The Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law and the International Law Association Prof. Mr. B.M. Telders hosted a Panel Discussion on cyber warfare and international law. This panel discussion follows the recent completion of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.

Prof. Dr. Terry Gill (University of Amsterdam and the Neth. Def. Ac) and Colonel Paul Ducheine Ph.D. (Neth. Def. Ac and the University of Amsterdam) will discuss to what extent the Tallinn Manual will give adequate solutions for the next generation of wars.


26 April 2013  | Leiden wins ICC Trial Compeition 2013 - 'if the price of peace is justice, perhaps that price is too high'


On 26 April 2013, Leiden won the final round of the ICC Trial Competition 2013, held at the International Criminal Court before an international Bench, including ICC Judge Morrison. The team was composed of members of our Adv. and Regular LL.M. programme in Public International Law: John Doyle, Sophie Beelaerts van Blokland, Uzay Aysev, Alexander Wills, Joe Holt, Daniel Huck and Adrian Plevin. It was successfully coached by Daniel Huck and Christian De Lance Vos. The case dealt inter alia with ‘forced marriage’ as an international crime, jurisdictional issues and complementarity. Acting as representative of victims in the final, Leiden argued that if peace were to come at the expense of justice in the case, this would be a too high price to pay. Earlier this year, our team won the national Dutch qualifying round. The rounds leading up to finals were hosted in the new premises of Leiden University - Campus The Hague in Schouwburgstraat. A press release and photographs are on the website of theInternational Criminal Court.


27 April 2013  |  Leiden University wins Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 

In addition, Leiden University also won the awards for Best Overall Score; Best Oral Argumentation for the Respondent and Best Oralist. 

  On 27 April 2013, the Leiden University team won the final round of the 36th edition of the prestigious Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, held in The Hague from 25 to 27 April 2013. Leiden University was represented by Amin Benaissa, Ross Galvin, Emmy Heijmans and Tríona Jacob, all Master students in Leiden University’s Public International Law program. The team was coached by Dr. Erik Koppe and Andrea Varga. 


17 May 2013  |  Discrimination as experienced by LGBTs in the EU

On Friday afternoon 17 May 2013, Leiden University (Campus The Hague) hosted the seminar "Discrimination as experienced by Europe’s LGBTs – How adequate is the existing legal framework?” Legal experts will give their first analysis of the results of the biggest survey ever done on discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The seminar is being organised by professor Kees Waaldijk , in cooperation with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Earlier that day the FRA will present the results of their survey among 93,000 lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the member states of the EU. At the seminar, the experts will discuss with the audience, whether existing legal tools are sufficient to combat violence and discrimination as experienced by these groups. They will also speak about the legal possibilities and obstacles for same-sex couples to  formalize  their relationships, to raise children or to move to another EU country. 


27 February  2013 | Dutch Regional Round ICC Trial Competition won by Leiden University
 

The Leiden University ICC Trial Competition team, assisted by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, has won the Dutch Regional Round on 27 February 2013 in competition against University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University. The team consisting of Uzay Aysev, Sophie Beelaerts, John Doyle, Joe Holt and Alex Wills, along with their coach Daniel Huck will now advance to the international final round of the competition to be held at the Academy Building of Leiden University Campus Den Haag during the last week of April 2013. The Leiden University team members come from five different countries who are pursuing both the regular and advanced LL.M degrees in Public International Law.  


2013| Prof. Kees Waaldijk in Hanoi to speak about same-sex family law

The Vietnamese Ministry of Justice is developing plans to include same-sex partners in the Law on Marriage and ?Familiy. In this context it organised a conference, where the Leiden Law School professor of Comparative Sexual Orientation Law was one of the speakers. Read more.

 

 
 
 

25 January 2013 | Inaugural Lecture Professor William Schabas
 

William Schabas professor of International criminal law and human rights delivered his inaugural lecture 'The Three Charters: Making International Law in the Post-War Crucible' on 25 January 2013.

 

 
 
 

  4 December 2012| Lecture D.D. Caron - Framing the work of ICSID Annulment Committees
 

On December 4, D.D. Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Berkley and Hague Chair on the Rule of Law at HiiL, gave a lecture at the Grotius Centre on ICSID Annulment Committees. Read more .

 
 

 

 


26-27 September 2012| Conference The Law and Practice of International Criminal law
 

On September 26-27, 2012, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, with the support of the Open Society Justice Initiative and the MacArthur Foundation, hosted a two-day conference on "The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court.” With the ICC a decade into its operations, the conference evaluated the Court’s institutional and jurisprudential developments to date, and sought to reflect upon the challenges the Court has faced in meeting its ambitious mandate. In addition to bringing together key academics and practitioners within the field of international criminal law, the conference featured presentations from organizations and individuals who are working within such ICC situation countries as Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. READ MORE.


31 May - 1 June| Jus Post Bellum Project

On 31 May and 1 June 2012, the Jus post Bellum Project was proud to host its launch conference, "Jus - Post - Bellum': Mapping the normative foundations." It was held at the Peace Palace. The conference aimed to clarify the meaning and content of the concept, including contemporary understandings and criticisms and historical and modern approaches towards the definitions of key notions. The launch conference included five panels: Situating the Concept, Mapping the Normative Framework(s), the Politics and Practice of Jus Post Bellum, Temporal Dimensions of Jus Post Bellum, and The 'Jus' in 'Jus Post Bellum.' There was also a roundtable discussion on 'At War's End,' by Larry May. Read more.

 


 

 


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