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 Team wins Jessup National Round

On 21 February, Leiden's Jessup team won the National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition,
thereby qualifying for the International Rounds in Washington, D.C. in April.
The team won prizes for the best memorial for the applicant, the best applicant oralist (Ishara McKenna), the best respondent oralist (Douglas Gibbs), the best overall oralist (Ishara McKenna), and overall winner.

Second edition of the International Moot Court for High Schools held at Campus The Hague

From 21 to 24 January 2014 high schools students from 15 different countries, including Mongolia, Russia, China, Sweden, the United States and Venezuela, gathered in The Hague for the second edition of the International Moot Court in The Hague. After three days of preliminary rounds, held at Campus The Hague, the finals took place at the Peace Palace.


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.


Prof. Dr. N. J. Schrijver
"The challenge is how to make international law instrumental in protecting the vital ecological functions of our planet, also in order to pay justice to the rights and future generations of humankind."


Book Launch!

Join us for the book launch of two important books—Jus Post Bellum and Proportionality in International Law—with Professor Naomi Roht Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Judge Howard Morrison, Judge of the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and editors Professor Carsten Stahn, Jennifer S. Easterday, and Jens Iverson from Leiden University and Professor Michael A. Newton from Vanderbilt University Law School. The program ends with a reception. The Book Launch is public and free of charge. Registration is not necessary. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 30 April 2014, 18:00-20:30h, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR The Hague, The Netherlands.

Read more about the launch here.

International Law Summer Schools

The deadlines for application for the Summer Schools on Human Rights and Transitional Justice and International Children's Rights have been extended to the 1st of June. Applications for the International Criminal Law Summer School need to be received by 1 May 2014. Applicants will be admitted on a first come first served basis.

Scholarship opportunity

The Grotius Centre is pleased to announce that there are scholarships available for the Summer School on Women, Peace and Security, to take place in The Hague from 9 to 20 June. Application deadline: 1 May 2014.

Telders International Law Moot Court Competition 2014

The 37th Edition will be held on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 April at the Grotius Centre. The Final Round on Friday 25 April takes place at the Peace Palace, The Hague.

ICC Moot Court Competition 2014

The first edition of the ICC Moot is set to take place from 18 until 23 May 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Children's Rights Moot Court Competition 2014

The First Edition will be held from 18 to 20 November 2014 at the Leiden Law School. Registration deadline for teams on 1 April!


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