February 23, 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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Russia celebrates the “Defender of the Motherland Day”

Feb 22, 2019

Ambassador Alexander Shulgin and Colonel Klimuk Russian Federation armed forces celebrate the “Defender of the Motherland Day

Hessian Minister Puttrich bets on Europe’s future 

Feb 21, 2019

“This time I’m voting/Diesmal wähle ich” Minister of Federal and European Affairs, Lucia Putrich European Parliament elections

Norway Announces €100,000 Voluntary Contribution to OPCW’s Trust Fund for Syria Missions

Feb 20, 2019

the State Secretary announced a voluntary contribution of €100,000 from Norway to the Trust Fund for Syria Missions.

Seminar on “Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100” in the Netherlands

Feb 20, 2019

The delta bond between Bangladesh and the Netherlands was reassured in a seminar at the Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte in The Hague on 21 January 2019. Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal, in his speech, expected that that the Netherlands, with its vast reservoir of knowledge and technology, huge pool of water and delta related business entities and knowledge institutions as well as enormous goodwill for Bangladesh, will come forward to support Bangladesh to implement the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100. Ambassador Belal appreciated Dutch innovation and creativity in securing their country from the scourge of floods despite large part…

National Day of the State of Qatar

Feb 20, 2019

By Anton Lutter. On the occasion of the National Day of the State of Qatar, His Excellency Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, ambassador to the Netherlands hosted a reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in The Hague. The ambassador – who represents his country since 2017 – reiterated the importance of the longstanding friendship between the Netherlands and the State of Qatar. Since 2006 Qatar has an embassy in The Hague one year after the Netherlands opened its embassy in Doha, which resulted amongst others in multiple trade missions and official visits. In July of this year the Deputy Prime…

ICC and Government of Georgia conclude Agreement on the Enforcement of Sentences

Feb 20, 2019

Minister of Justice of Georgia H.E. Ms Tea Tsulukiani and ICC First Vice-President Judge Robert Fremr signing an Agreement on the Enforcement of Sentences on 24 January 2019 ©ICC-CPI The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) and the Government of Georgia have concluded an Agreement on the Enforcement of Sentences. Under the agreement, persons convicted by the ICC may serve their sentence of imprisonment in Georgia if so decided by the Court and accepted by the Government of Georgia. On 24 January 2019, Judge Robert Fremr, First Vice-President of the Court, and H.E. Ms Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia, signed the…

Global norms against impunity for atrocity crimes

Feb 19, 2019

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, participates in the Munich Security Conference high-level discussions much-needed attention on accountability for atrocity crimes.

Venezuela’s diplomatic relations across the globe

Feb 19, 2019

Venezuela’s domestic and international situation,Yvan Gil, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe,

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…

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Venezuela’s diplomatic relations across the globe

Venezuela’s domestic and international situation,Yvan Gil, Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe,

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.