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Spring Meeting of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law

Photo: Destruction of cultural heritage in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Wikimedia

Photo: Destruction of cultural heritage in Aleppo, Syria. Source: Wikimedia

Thurs, 17 April 2014, 19 hrs

Hague Institute for Global Justice

Sophialaan 10, The Hague


Director of Collections of the Rijksmuseum

Legal Adviser, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professor Practice of International Law at Maastricht University

Former partner De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Chairman of the Association of Art, Culture and Law

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On 21 March 2014, the SJP major programme in collaboration with Amnesty International’s “Movies that Matter” Film Festival, organised an event with Eritrean radio host and human rights activist Meron Estefamos, who came to the ISS to share her work.

Esimagestefamos gave a stirring account of her work with African migrants who have been held hostage in the Sinai and faced further discrimination in Israel. Her work is documented in a film featured at the 2014 Movies that Matter film festival, entitled “Sound of Torture”. Here is a trailer to the film:  https://vimeo.com/81516783

As promised / requested by the many of you who attended this event, below are some links for those who are interested to know more about this issue:




Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals is a searchable database of case law from and commentary on the international criminal tribunals.

The database – which ISS has a subscription to – provides you with the full text of the most important decisions, including concurring, separate and dissenting opinions of the ICTY, ICTR, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Special Panels for Serious Crimes of Timor-Leste and the ICC.

Distinguished experts in the field of international criminal law have commented these judgments.

Just published:

Volume 37: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia 2008-2009
Volume 39: The International Criminal Court 2006-2008
Volume 41: The International Criminal Court 2009

The judicial decisions and commentaries in these new volumes of the Annotated Leading Cases Series are now online available in full-text.


Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations are gathering on the island of St. Vincent to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade.

european-slaveryThis historic meeting holds a number of European countries responsible for their role in the transatlantic slave trade, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Read more on the website of the Guardian.

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Human Rights Masters
What does it take to force the UN to act when human rights violations are taking place? What role do human rights play in the practice of international relations? And how can the prohibition of torture actually be implemented? We are proud to announce that on 21 March and 23 March two famous Human Rights Masters will be discussing these topics at the Movies that Matter Festival. Theo van Boven and Sir Nigel Rodley will be our guests in The Hague. And you are welcome to meet them!


Movies_that_Matter_festival_2014_EN_1393584876AT THE MOVIES THAT MATTER FILM FESTIVAL IN THE HAGUE
26 March 2014, 13.30 – 17.00
Theater aan ‘t Spui , The Hague



René Foqué teaches at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization in Venice and is Emeritus professor of Law, Philosophy and Legal Theory at Leuven University and Erasmus University Rotterdam

Pieter Pekelharing is attorney in the Netherlands and the United States, former chair of Amnesty International Netherlands and board member of the Movies That Matter Foundation

Bart Stapert is lecturer in Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and Blogger for Bureau De Helling

Entrance is free, registration required at symposium4@amnesty.nl

International Institute of Social Studies

Human Rights is a specialization within the Human Rights, Conflict and Gender Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Human Rights teaching team.