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Podcast: International law in The Hague with Geraldine Coughlan

This is the first in a new series of podcasts produced in the Hague by GCC Law & Media, the only company bringing international law to a wider public, and bringing the media to under reported legal developments. In the first episode Geraldine meets senior counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration Judith Levine toContinue Reading


Dutch prosecutors are investigating the crash of MH17 on suspicion of murder, war crimes and intentionally downing an airliner. The Dutch law on International Crimes allows the Netherlands to prosecute any individual who commits a war crime against a Dutch citizen. The 298 people who were killed when the plane was downed over Ukraine includedContinue Reading

Exploding STL myths

Exploding the myths – ‘Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice’. Launched by Doughty Street Chambers at The Hague Institute for Global Justice – June 2014 A beguiling exploration into the world’s only court without people in it. What is the Special Tribunal for Lebanon doing in The Hague – an In Absentia Court, withoutContinue Reading


“Human Rights Apply At Sea As Equally As They Do On Land…” A new film on human rights issues in the international environment has been launched by Human Rights At Sea (HRAS) – an initiative by the International Criminal Law Bureau (ICLB), 9 Bedford Row International Maritime Practice. Understanding the rights of fishermen, indigenous seafarers,Continue Reading

That Elusive Thing Called Justice Leadership

In a fascinating new book that has just been published, What Should We Be Worried About?, John Naughton expresses his big worry: [W]e are increasingly enmeshed in incompetent systems – that is, systems that exhibit pathological behavior but can’t fix themselves (…) because solving the problem would require coordinated action by significant components of the system,Continue Reading

ICJ ruling stops Japan’s next whaling hunt

Japan said Thursday it was cancelling its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century in line with a UN court ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science. A “deeply disappointed” Tokyo earlier this week said it would honour Monday’s judgement by theContinue Reading

The Hague hosts Nuclear Security Summit on 24 and 25 March

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Hariri Trial Opens With Empty Dock

The in absentia trial of the four accused in the 2005 attack on the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others, opened before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Thursday. The four – Mustafa Badreddine, Salim Ayyash, Hussein Oneissi and Assad Sabra, are alleged Hezbollah associates and remain at large. They areContinue Reading

GCC Law & Media debate: Is the media doing the world justice?

GCC Law & Media debate “Is the media doing the world justice?” is moderated by former BBC correspondent Geraldine Coughlan with panelists Richard Harvey (renowned international lawyer), Tjitske Lingsma (author of new guide to ICC), and Iva Vukusic (ICTY expert). The event is an official part of the Peace Palace of The Hague Centennial celebrations.Continue Reading

Is the media doing the world justice?

DEBATE 16 JULY, THE HAGUE 16:00 – 18:00 What is international justice? And what is the media’s role in reporting it? These two questions lie at the heart of a unique debate in The Hague – International City of Peace and Justice – on July 16, under the auspices of the Peace Palace 100 yearContinue Reading

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