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Visit Benjamin Ferencz

From 1-5 September Benjamin Ferencz (94) visited the Leiden Law School. He was invited for a special one-day event organized for all 2nd year law students, devoted to the theme ‘ethical dilemmas in war and peace’. In 1947-1948 Ferencz was the chief prosecutor in one of the so-called follow-up Nuremberg trials, the Einsatzgruppen trial.


Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld

Professor Carsten Stahn and Professor Henning Melber , Director Emeritus of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation , have published a new book with Cambridge University Press on ‘Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency: Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld’.


Crisis in Ukraine and International Law

On Thursday 27 March 2014 (19.00-21.00 hrs), the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies will host a panel discussion on the crisis in Ukraine and international law, chaired by Prof. Dr. Horst Fischer (Leiden University).


Fact-Finding and the Responsibility to Protect

Prof. Carsten Stahn and Ms. Catherine Harwood delivered a presentation on ‘Fact-finding Missions and the Responsibility to Protect’ at an Expert Meeting on Human Rights and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) on Wednesday 12 March 2014.


Syria, Accountability and International Law

Prof Carsten Stahn gave a talk on Syria and the discourse on punishment and intervention at an international conference on the ‘Syrian crisis and international law’, held in Doha, Qatar on 25-26 February 2014, by the College of Law of Qatar University and the Qatari Branch of the International Law Association.


Grotius Centre Staff Members Record Lectures for the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

Several Staff Members of the Grotius Centre have recorded lectures for the online Lecture Series of the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law . The Lecture Series is ‘a permanent collection of lectures of enduring value on virtually every subject of international law given by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different regions, legal systems, cultures and sectors of the legal profession'.


Seminar on customary international law

On 31 January and 1 February, Niels Blokker and Nico Schrijver organized a seminar on customary international law, one of the sources of international law. The seminar was held at Leiden University, in the International Tax Center. Sir Michael Wood (UK) was the principal guest, introducing the topic and moderating the discussions. He is a member of the International Law Commission (ILC) of the UN, and is special rapporteur for this topic.


Expert workshop and panel discussion: “The Conduct of Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law - Challenges of 21st Century Warfare”

On 22 and 23 November 2013, the  Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on Interntational Humanitarian Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in cooperation with the  University of Amsterdam  and the  University of Glasgow , hosted an expert workshop on the “Conduct of Hostilities under International Humanitarian Law - Challenges of 21st Century Warfare” with the participation of about 20 international renowned academics, who are members of the  International Law Association's (ILA)  on the respective topic.