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.
Leiden wins ICC Trial Competition 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 the International Criminal Court
Discrimination as experienced by LGBTs in the EU
On Friday afternoon 17 May 2013, Leiden University (Campus The Hague) will host 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 formalise their relationships, to raise children or to move to another EU country.
At the start of the seminar participants will be handed a copy of the FRA report, and some time to read it. Registration is free. See the full programme of the seminar.