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 "The investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes: reflections from the Office of the Prosecutor". The full text can be read here.

Time, Legacy and New Research in International Criminal Justice

On 13 June 2015, Prof Carsten Stahn delivered a paper on ‘Re-constructing History Through Courts: Legacy in International Criminal Justice’ at the Conference on International Law and Time, held by the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
In his intervention, he addressed the relationship between time and legacy approaches of international criminal courts and tribunals. He argued that Court-mandated legacy involves social construction and claims of ownership over the past that sit uncomfortably with the thicker fabric of remembrance and collective memory. He suggested a five-fold typology of legacy, based on differentiation between juridified legacy, institutional/systemic legacy, performative legacy, re-productive legacy and receptive legacy. This research complements a comprehensive new volume on the Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (Oxford University Press), which provides a systematic account of the Court’s case-law, practices and policies.


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."



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