The Hague Conference on International Legal Diplomacy

The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the British Embassy in The Hague convened a major conference on 22 April 2015 to set out an agenda for further research on International Legal Diplomacy. Please consult the program here.

Whereas most diplomatic postings require expertise in managing bilateral relationships or multilateral negotiations, diplomats assigned to the Hague are in the unique position of representing their countries vis-à-vis the international criminal tribunals established in the city. This raises interesting questions on matters such as training, impact, and practice, with implications for research and policy on issues at the intersection of law, justice, and diplomacy.

The Hague Institute and the British Embassy in the Netherlands will bring together senior jurists, diplomats and academics with expertise in the field in order to elucidate the concept of ‘international legal diplomacy’ and propose an agenda for further research, which could ultimately lead to trainings and policy-relevant guidance for those engaged in what the conveners believe to be an emerging discipline.

Key themes include:

  • Practice at the Nexus of Law and Diplomacy
  • Equipping Foreign Ministries to engage on international legal issues
  • Practising International Law in a Political World
  • Is Good Legal Diplomacy Good Public Diplomacy?

Speakers

  • Sir Geoffrey Adams
    British Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • Dr. Abi Williams
    President of The Hague Institute

Session I – Practice at the Nexus of Law and Diplomacy

  • Judge Theodor Meron
    President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
  • H.E. Mr. Franz Josef Kremp
    German Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • H.E. Mr. Hans Corell
    Former UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs
  • Ms. Elizabeth Evenson
    Senior Counsel in the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch
  • Mr. Shehzad Charania, Moderator
    Legal Adviser and Head of International Law Team at the British Embassy to the Netherlands

Session II – Equipping Foreign Ministries to Engage on International Legal Issues

  • Judge Erkki Kourula
    Former Judge to the International Criminal Court
  • H.E. Ms. Maria Teresa Infante
    Chilean Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • Dr. Liesbeth Lijnzaad
    Legal Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mr. Iain McLeod
    Legal Advisor to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Dr. Aaron Matta, Moderator
    Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute

Session III – Practising International Law in a Political World

  • Judge Christopher Greenwood
    Judge of the International Court of Justice
  • Ambassador Hugo Hans Siblesz
    Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • Dr. Rod Rastan
    Legal Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court
  • Mr. Anthony Dworkin
    Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Mr. Shehzad Charania, Moderator
    Legal Adviser and Head of International Law Team at the British Embassy to the Netherlands

Session IV – Is Good Legal Diplomacy Good Public Diplomacy?

  • Dr. Anthony Lodge
    Head of Registry at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Beirut
  • Ms. Giorgia Tortora
    External Relations Officer at the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
  • Dr. Olufemi Elias
    Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Mr. Matias Hellman
    External Relations Adviser at the International Criminal Court
  • Dr. Aaron Matta, Moderator
    Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute

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