The Hague Summit on International Law & Human Rights

An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Role of International Law in Promoting Human Rights

(International Court of Justice, The Hague; February 4th-5th, 2015)

Summit Timetable

February 4th
Venue: International Court of Justice (Historical Reading Room)
9:00 Introductory Keynote Addresses
H. E. Judge Julia Sebutinde (Judge, the International Court of Justice)
H. E. Judge Peter Tomka (President of the International Court of Justice)
H. E. Secretary General Hugo Hans Siblesz (Secretary General, Permanent Court of Arbitration)
H. E. Judge Fausto Pocar (Former President of the ICTY)
MP Ögmundur Jónasson (Member of the Parliament of Iceland)
11:00 Break
11:30 “International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights”
H. E. Judge Christopher Greenwood (Judge, International Court of Justice)
11:45 “The Role of International Law in Promoting Human Rights. The Rights of Migrants in the Mediterranean: a New Frontier for Human Rights? A Challenge for International Law?”
H. E. Amb. Francesco Azzarello (Ambassador of Italy to the Netherlands)
12:00 “Protection of Human Rights in the Digital Age”
MEP Marju Lauristin (Member of the European Parliament)
12:15 “International Law and Human Right in the Context of State Justice: Victims of State Violence in the North of Ireland and Occupation of Palestinian Territories”
MEP Martina Anderson (Member of the European Parliament)
12:30 “Challenges and Risks of Inflation in Promoting Human Rights”
H. E. Amb. Darius Jonas Semaška (Ambassador of Lithuania to the Netherlands)
12:45 “How, as a Member of the Commission of Foreign Affairs in the Belgian Parliament, is it Possible to Promote Human Rights through International Law”
MP Gwenaëlle Grovonius (Member of the Parliament of Belgium)
13:00 Lunch
14:45 Human Rights as a Core Subject of International Law
H. E. Amb. María Teresa Infante Caffi (Ambassador of Chile in the Netherlands)
15:00 “The Role of the ICC in the Fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence”
H. E. Amb. Jan Gustaf Håkan Emsgård (Ambassador of Sweden to the Netherlands)
15:15 Break
15:45 “The Role of International Human Rights Law in Human Development”
H. E. Amb. Haim Divon (Ambassador of Israel to the Netherlands)
16:00 “Human Rights and the Initiation of a New Era”
H. E. Amb. Joseph Cole (Ambassador of Republic of Malta to the Netherlands)
16:15 “Protecting Human Rights-Benchmark for a Consolidated International Community”
H. E. Amb. Ireny Comaroschi (Ambassador of Romania to the Netherlands)
16:30 “Seven Decades after the Establishment of the United Nations: a Look at the International Human Rights Law”
H. E. Amb. Igor Popov (Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Netherlands)
16:45 “The Role of the European Parliament in Democratic Governance and Human Rights. Current Challenges of the ICC System of International Criminal Justice”
MEP Beatriz Becerra (Member of the European Parliament)
17:00 “Human Rights and Access to Energy”
Prof. Dr. Simone Pront-van Bommel (Professor of Energy and Law, University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law)
February 5th
Venue: International Court of Justice (Historical Reading Room)
9:00 "Human Rights, a Standard for Civilised Behaviour or a Set of Legal Norms?"
General Director Steven van Hoogstraten (General Director, Carnegie Foundation)
9:15 “The Role of the International Criminal Court in International Law and the Promotion of Human Rights”
H.E. Judge Joyce Aluoch (Judge, International Criminal Court)
9:30  “Reconciling Culture and Tradition with International Human Rights Standards - the Experience of the Republic of Botswana”
H.E. Judge Sanji Monageng (Vice President, International Criminal Court)
9:45 “The Rome Statute as a descendant of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”
Principle Counsel Xavier-Jean Keïta (Principle Counsel, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence, International Criminal Court)
10:00 “International Courts as a Tool for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights”
Appeals Counsel Dominika Svarc (Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia)
10:30 Keynote Address
Barrister Karim A. A. Khan QC (Barrister, International Criminal Court)
10:45 “International Human Rights: Reconciling Universality and Diversity”
Prof. Dr. Yvonne Donders (Executive Director, Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), University of Amsterdam)
11:00 Break
11:30 “The ICJ and the Development of Human Rights Law”
H. E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Judge, International Court of Justice)
11:45 “Evolution of the Status of the Individual in International Law”
H.E. Judge Daniel Nsereko (Judge, Special Tribunal for Lebanon)
12:00 “Towards a Hierarchy of Human Rights Norms Internationally - the Experience of European Integration”
MEP Mary Honeyball (Member of the European Parliament)
12:30 “There is a Job to do: a Reflection on Labour Standards in a Global Age”
MEP Agnes Jongerius (Member of the European Parliament)
12:45 “Protecting Human Rights in Developing Countries: Dilemma's for Donor Countries”
MP Ingrid de Caluwé (Member of the Dutch Parliament)
13:00 “International Law, the Responsibility to Protect and Human Security - the Need for a Doctrine”
MEP Ana Gomes (Member of the European Parliament)
13:15 Keynote Address
H. E. Amb. Buddhi K. Athauda (Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Netherlands)
13:30 “Beyond Territory and State: Human Rights Obligations of Foreign States and Non-State Actors”
Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole (Chair, the Law and Development Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of Antwerp)
13:45 “Between Rhetoric and Reality: Protecting Refugees in the EU”
Prof. Dr.  Pauline F.M. van der Meer Mohr (President Executive Board, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
14:00 Concluding Speeches
H. E. Judge Julia Sebutinde (Judge, the International Court of Justice)
MP Ögmundur Jónasson (Member of the Parliament of Iceland)
14:30    Lunch & Excursion in The Hague