February 18, 2019

  • Philippe Couvreur has stepped down

    Philippe Couvreur has stepped down International Court of Justice.

  • Ambassador Odette Melono Assumes Office as OPCW Deputy Director- General

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands— 15 January 2019 —Ambassador Odette Melono of Cameroon joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) yesterday as the as new Deputy Director-General. She is the fourth person to hold this office since the Organisation was established in 1997. She succeeds Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao of India. The Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, extended a warm welcome to the new Deputy Director-General and stated: “I look forward to working with Ambassador Melono during this crucial time for our Organisation and am confident that her insight, experience, and remarkable knowledge of chemical disarmament…

  • The city with a worldwide view

    By the Honourable Pauline Krikke, Mayor of The Hague. That’s how I have come to know The Hague since I became Mayor on 17 March 2017. Of course, I already knew of The Hague’s particular reputation as a diplomatic centre and as the city of peace and justice. But it was really only after I became involved in the day-to-day aspects of the job that I started to understand just how much that international element is a quintessential part of The Hague. Not just in many specific places in our city but also while on foreign trips. I met many diplomats and…

  • The Peace Palace: Temple of Peace for the World

     By Sheila Turabaz Mr. Erik de Baedts is the General Director of the Carnegie Foundation-Peace Palace and Treasurer of the Hague Academy of International Law since 2015. A soft-spoken yet determined man with a strong vision; Mr. De Baedts possesses a wealth of knowledge on issues related to peace and justice and has found his calling: enhancing the mission of the Peace Palace as a temple of peace for the world. We sat down for an in-depth interview with Mr. De Baedts to discuss his views on peace (through law), reflect on the past of the Peace Palace as well…

  • European state of mind

    By H.E. Ms. Andrea Gustović-Ercegovac, Ambassador of Croatia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. After joining NATO in April 2009 and the EU in July 2013, we can say that our European integration project is reaching a completion stage. Our position is that of a European partner and a connecting country between Eastern, Central and Western Europe. Our focus is on what unites the EU today, and much less on what could divide us. We should jointly engage to ensure prosperity and security of our citizens. Europe is going through a turbulent time with anti-immigrant populist politics becoming more prominent,…

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Mechanism Registrar Olufemi Elias on official visit to Serbia

Feb 15, 2019

Registrar Olufemi Elias. The Hague, 29 January 2019 – The Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Mr. Olufemi Elias, will be on an official visit to Belgrade, Serbia, from 29 to 31 January 2019. As part of the visit, Registrar Elias will hold meetings with Serbian Minister of Justice, Ms. Nela Kuburović, to discuss the ongoing cooperation between the Mechanism and the Serbian authorities, as well as the possible establishment of an information centre on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in Belgrade.  Registrar Elias will also meet with the President of the Appellate…

A Baltic Hike: Lithuania Statehood Restoration Day Celebration 2019

Feb 15, 2019

Sounds from Lithuania by the choir Exicon. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 13 February 2019, the Lithuanian style  concert was followed by a reception. The occasion,  celebrating  Lithuania’s “Restoration-Statehood “(February 1918) The Lutheran church in  The Hague served as a backdrop for the festivities.The event was attended by Ambassadors from the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Belarus, Kuwait just to mention some, as well as by the diaspora from the Baltic states and others. After an impressive life rendition of the Lithuanian- and Dutch national anthem by organist Liga Vilmane, H.E.Vidmantas Purlys delivered his welcome address. My wife Dita and I would like to warmly…

Philippe Couvreur has stepped down

Feb 15, 2019

Philippe Couvreur has stepped down International Court of Justice.

Mechanism’s Principals hold diplomatic briefing in The Hague

Feb 15, 2019

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals briefing diplomatic corps in The Hague, president Carmel Agius

ICC hosts launch of International Gender Champions Network’s new ‘Den Haag Hub’

Feb 15, 2019

Gender Champions, at International Criminal Court.

Camerlengo appointed in the Holy See 

Feb 15, 2019

Bishop Kevin Farrell, Image by Andrew Incowtown. 14 February 2019, Holy See: Bishop of Rome, Franciscus I, appointed the Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell as the new “camerlengo”, that is, the prelate who runs the Holy See in the interregnum between the death or resignation of a pontiff, and the election of a new one.  Cardinal Farrell, 71, was in born in Ireland and is the highest-ranking United Stater at the papal household. He succeeded the French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who passed away in July 2018.  The camerlengo, or chamberlain, acts as a sort of regent during the Holy See’s vacancy, and matters related…

Uruguay, Vin d’Honneur at Ambassador’s Residence

Feb 15, 2019

Ambassador Laura Dupuis Uruguay career diplomat in Netherlands

A Portrait of Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Austrian Residence

Feb 14, 2019

Austrian Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer of Austria focus was on American-Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold and his opera “Die tote Stadt”

Iran is Marking and Celebrating a Historical Milestone

Feb 14, 2019

By Roy Lie Atjam. Wassenaar, 11 February 2019, this year, the event recognized the 40th anniversary of the 11 February 1979, Iranian Revolution. For this reason, H.E. Mr. Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri,  hosted a reception. Guests turnout in their numbers to congratulate Ambassador Alireza Jahangiri on this momentous day. The Iranian Revolution was a  nationalistic and Islamic revolution that replaced a secular monarchy. The last Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown and replaced by the Islamic Republic. The Shah was perceived by the man in the street as a puppet of the west. Under the Shah’s rule, western powers exploited Iran’s natural resources. Furthermore, the Shah’s regime was oppressive, corrupt and brutal….

NATO discussions on North Macedonia, INF Treaty and Afghanistan

Feb 14, 2019

NATO Ministerial on North Macedonia’s accession protocol, the INF Treaty, defense investment and capabilities, as well as the situation in Afghanistan.

Diplomatic Pouch

Brazil’s Last Frontier and the New Government

Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro promises The Blue Amazon,United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals

Iran celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

Islamic Revolution 49 anniversary standing against oppression, aggression, corruption, tyranny, arrogance and external interference in the fate of nations. Establishment of INSTEX,

US and Poland to host Ministerial for Peace and Security in the Middle East

United States and Poland, promoting peace and security in the Middle East. Humanitarian situation and the crises in Syria and Yemen

William Pace: “The Hague Invasion Act remains dangerous”

The US, Russia and Israel may not have ratified, still the court has jurisdiction over crimes committed by American, Russian and Israeli nationals if committed on the territory of countries that have ratified ICC’s Rome statue.

Vladimir Naydenov: “On Russia only one position is allowed”

Vladimir Naydenov, head of the political department of the Russian embassy in The Hague, witnessed how The Netherlands, in a short period of time, became the most Russophobic country in the world. “The contacts between the Netherlands and Russia were wonderful”, Naydenov recalls. “In the1980’s several delegations of the Dutch parliament visited the Soviet-Union. They made an important contribution to the easing of strained tensions at the end of the Cold War and to the improvement of relations between Russia and The Netherlands. Also The Netherlands has been a political catalyst for the establishment of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty…

Masters in balancing acts

Diplomats keeps communication between countries open.

Democracy is not political correct

His election as President of the United States proved that about half the Americans preferred an incorrect and inexperienced man above a civilised woman with great experience.

The United States calls on Russia to comply with INF Treaty

On January 18th and 19th, United States Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson travelled to Geneva and Brussels to discuss the future of the INF Treaty with Russia and with NATO Allies. The deadline for Russia to return to compliance with the Treaty is set to February 5th. Continued violations by Russia – U/S Thompson said – will lead the US to suspend its obligations.