Dean Chairs Panel at Annual Meeting American Society of International Law

Dean Willem van Genugten chaired a panel on ‘Confronting Complexity in The Hague’, with the Presidents of the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the acting Secretary-General to the Permanent Court of Arbitration as its panellists. The panel, opened by Mayor Van Aartsen, was part of the annual meeting in Washington DC of the American Society of International Law and attracted an audience of some 800 people.

In the week of 27-31 March, 2012, Dean Willem van Genugten visited New York and Washington DC, as member of a ‘judicial mission’, chaired by the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen.

The delegation included the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Peter Tomka; the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Sang-Hyun Song; the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Theodor Meron; the acting Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), Brooks Daly; the Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH), Hans van Loon; and the legal advisor to the Dutch government, Liesbeth Lijnzaad. Core aim of the visit: presenting the City of The Hague and the country of the Netherlands as the places to be for practicing and studying international law, and to make clear that The Hague Institute for Global Justice will be an interesting partner for major research and training projects in the field of ‘global justice’.

The delegation talked to, amongst others, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien; the Republican Study Committee of the US Congress; the US Supreme Court (talks to Justices Kennedy and Breyer); the legal Advisor to the US government, Harold Koh; and to several potential partners: The International Peace Institute, the International Center for Transitional Justice, Brookings, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the US Institute for Peace, the Aspen Institute, the Open Society Foundations and the World Bank.

The delegation held several public presentations. Dean Willem van Genugten lectured on the working methods of The Hague Institute for Global Justice at New York University, had a panel presentation on ‘Transitional Justice’ at the International Peace Institute (New York), and chaired a panel on ‘Confronting Complexity in The Hague’, with the Presidents of the ICJ, the ICC and the ICTY and the acting SG to the PCA as its panellists. The panel, opened by Mayor Van Aartsen, was part of the annual meeting in Washington DC of the American Society of International Law and attracted an audience of some 800 people.

The panellists presented their respective mandates and discussed three main questions:

  • What is the role of international tribunals and their contribution to the legal system?
  • What are the implications of their co-location in The Hague?
  • And what are or should be the dynamics among them?

The event report by ASIL can be found here: http://asilcables.org/2012/03/30/event-report-confronting-complexity-in-the-hague/

The full panel discussion can be viewed online at:http://fora.tv/conference/american_society_intl_law_annual_meeting_confronting_complexity_2012

The panel discussion at the International Peace Institute can be viewed at:http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/21424814

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