Preventing and Mitigating Conflicts: Role of the International Courts

International courts are intended to prevent conflict and settle international disputes, both by holding to account those alleged to have committed international crimes and by developing applicable international law. Their role is an essential but under-examined aspect of international conflict management.

On 11 April, a delegation from The Hague visited Washington, DC for a panel discussion co-hosted by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

This event, A Conversation with International Court of Justice Judges, offered an opportunity for dialogue with four senior international jurists, including three judges of the International Court of Justice (Joan Donoghue, Julia Sebutinde and Xue Hanqin) and Prosecutor Fatou Bensoudaof the International Criminal Court.

The event was convened with the support of the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the American Bar Association-ICC Project. The discussion focused on the role of the courts based in The Hague (The Netherlands) in preventing and resolving conflicts, in accomplishing accountability for war crimes, and on the contribution of women to peaceful settlement of disputes and strengthening the international rule of law.


  • Dr. George Lopez, Welcoming Remarks
    U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Judge Joan Donoghue, Expert Panelist
    International Court of Justice
  • Judge Xue Hanqin, Expert Panelist
    International Court of Justice
  • Judge Julia Sebutinde, Expert Panelist
    International Court of Justice
  • Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Expert Panelist
    International Criminal Court
  • Professor Jane Stromseth
    Concluding RemarksGeorgetown Law Center and U.S. Department of State
  • Dr. Abiodun Williams, Moderator
    The Hague Institute for Global Justice

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