June 24, 2017

VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice

On Wednesday 1st June , the Opening Ceremony for the VI Ibero-American Week of International Justice will take place at the Peace Palace.

H.E. Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, President of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Mr. Álvaro Moerzinger, Vicepresident of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Mr. Philippe Courvreur, Secretary of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Mr. Johan Van der Werff, Ambassador of the Netherlands to International Organisations, and Prof. Héctor Olasolo Alonso, Chairman of the Ibero-American Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice (IIH) will be the speakers of such an occassion.

Since 2011, the Ibero-American Week of International Justice is organised each year during the first ten days of June by the IIH. It has the the institutional support of the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the Hague Municipality, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of The Hague for Applied Sciences, the Grotious Center for International Studies, the TMC Asser Institute, the Hague Academic Coalition, the Embassies of several Ibero-American States, the General Ibero-American Secretariat, the Public Policy and Human Rights Institute of MERCOSUR, the Coalition for the ICC, the Chinese Initiative on International Law and a number of Ibero-American Universities and organisations.

According to Prof. Hector Olasolo, IIH Chairman, “the aim of the Ibero-American Week is to create a space in which academics, international and national state officials, members of civil society, students, and the general public at large, coming from the countries in the Ibero-American region and the Netherlands, may exchange their views and initiatives on International Justice. Likewise, it aims to promote a deeper knowledge and a better understanding of Hague-based International Court, Tribunals and Organisations”.

The Ibero-American Week is comprised of a number of events in Spanish, with some lectures in Portuguese, including a Moot Court on the International Criminal Court, an Essay Contest on International Justice, a Seminar on Ibero-American Thinking  on International Justice, a Research Group on the Ibero-American Epistemological Perspective on Justice, a guided tour to the historical buildings of the City of The Hague, and several visits to Hague-based International Courts, Tribunals and Organisations. Translation into English is provided for some of the activities.

On the occassion of its VI Edition, the Argentinean Embassy will present on 7th June at 17h00 at the Hague University of Applied Sciences (Johanna Westerdijkplein 75), the joint proposal by Argentina, Belgium, Slovenia and The Netherlands of a Multilateral Treaty on Mutual legal Assistance and Extradition for Atrocity Crimes.

Moreover, a Hague Talk on Ibero-American victims of international crimes will be held on 8 June at 19h30 at the Humanity House (prinsegracht 8), as part of The Hague Talks for Peace and Justice organised by the Municipality of the City of The  Hague. Furthermore, on 9 June at 17h00 the I Sino-Iberoamerican Panel on International Justice, jointly organised by the IIH and the Chinese Initiative on International Law (CIIL), will be held at the Hague University of Applied Sciences (Johanna Westerdijkplein 75).

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