Participants of the course “National Courts and the International Rule of Law” conclude their program on Friday, with an official closing ceremony held in the reception hall of The Hague Center for Law and Arbitration.
The ceremony began with a short speech from the Chief of the Board of HCLA, Dr.Ali Marossi, who thanked the lecturers and the participants for making the experience a great success.
After Dr.Marossi, Professor Neil Brokker from Leiden University took the microphone to pronounce some words about the course on behalf of the Grotius Center for International Legal studies.
The ceremony ended after all participants received their certifications.
The fourth day of the course “National Courts and the International Role of Law” was concluded with a lecture titled “The Role of Domestic Courts in International Criminal Law and UN Sanctions Implementation.
The lecture was delivered by Prof. Larissa van den Herik, who reviewed the posture of Dutch Legal system towards universal jurisdiction.
After a short summary of the Dutch jurisprudence on the prosecution of international crimes, Ms. van den Herik counted some examples of civil litigation cases brought to the Courts of the Netherlands in relation to crimes committed during the colonial times.
Ms. van den Herik concluded her speech with reviewing the domestic implementation of international sanctions.
Participants of the course “National courts and the International Rule of Law” received their last lecture today from professor John Dugard, who glanced upon the approach of South Africa towards International Law before and after the Apartheid regime.
Dr.Dugard compared the hostile position of the South African courts towards international law before 1994 to what he called its “too much friendly” approach today and illustrated examples of cases where this pro-international law approach has provoked some tensions between the government and the courts.
As a part of their agenda for the course "National Courts and International Rule of Law", the participants met with the Deputy General of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons, His Excellency, Mr. Hamid Ali Rao.
Mr.Rao briefed the participants on the objectives of the organization, and its role in maintaining international peace and security. He pointed out the contributions of OPCW regarding chemical disarmament of the Syrian government and considered the case a great success for this organization.
He also emphasized on the importance of the organization for the implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention, including through enforcing its national legislation.
Participants of the course "National Courts and International Rule of Law" received a lecture on International Law in Domestic Courts, with a focus on the Srebrenica cases before Dutch Courts.
The lecture was delivered by Prof. Dr. Nico Schrijver from the Grotius Center for International Legal studies of Leiden University.
Issues like the immunity of UN and responsibility of the sending states during peacekeeping operations were discussed.
HCLA held the second day of the course “National courts and International Rule of Law” on Tuesday, with a lecture on “the international legal order, international organizations and immunity.
The lecture was delivered by Professor Niels Blokker from Leiden University. During the lecture professor Blokker touched upon various issues regarding the importance of international organizations, their function and the importance of recognition of their immunity for their independence.
At the end of the lecture participants exchanged their views on the issue of immunity and raised various questions.
On February 2nd, the registrar of International Court of Justice hosted the participants of the course “National courts and the International Rule of Law.
His Excellency, Mr. Philippe Couvreur, briefed the guests on the history and functions of the courts since its foundation in 1946 and received their questions.
After the session with the registrar, the participants were taken for a tour in the Peace Palace, during which the history of the building was shared with them in details.
The advanced training course “National Courts and the International Rule of Law” was inaugurated on Monday 1 February 2016, with a lecture by the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, His Excellency Dr. Christophe Bernasconi.
During the lecture Dr.Bernasconi provided the participants with a short summary on the background of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and its achievements.
The course, which is organized in cooperation with the Grotius Center of International Law of Leiden University forms a part of HCLA’s professional training agenda.
Several high-ranking judges and prosecutors took part in the event.
On the second day of the advanced training course “National Courts and International Rule of Law”, on Tuesday, the participants met with the President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, His Honor, Justice Maarten Feteris.
During the meeting Mr. Feteris briefed the guests on the structure and functions of the Dutch Supreme Court and its role in clarifying legal ambiguities and maintaining the unity of the legal system.
The meeting ended with some questions of the participants on the independence of Dutch Judicial system from the Government.