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Conference: Development of International Courts – Possibilities, Perspectives and Challenges
Onsdag 08 Juni 2016, 15:00 - 19:30

Globalization increases the need for instruments making it possible to work more smoothly across borders in order to solve issues of conflict between and among nations and between nations and other actors.


In an attempt to bring justice in cases of conflicts between states, war criminals, civil rights issues and economic disputes, a number of international courts, temporary tribunals and similar bodies, have been established during the past decades.


The Danish United Nations Association and iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts,* have joined forces to shed light on lessons learned about international courts, and to invite discussions of the future role of international courts in the face of various challenges, such as globalization.


The conference consists of two sessions: In the first session, we will focus on the historical and legal development of international courts, stretching from the first international court to the proliferation of regional courts. Furthermore, the CICC, an NGO, will give us an insight into their perspectives on and roles in developing international courts.


In the second session, we will focus more concretely on experience gained in different fields of courts and justice. Speakers are two former international judges.




15.00-15.10: Welcome by organizers.


Session 1: International Courts from Cradle to Globalization of Justice

  • 15.10-15.40: The history of the ICJ (International Court of Justice) – and Challenges for the Future. By Cristina Hoss, Former Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice, The Hague.
  • 15.40-16.10: The Proliferation of Regional Courts – the New Centre of International Law? By Shai Dothan, Associate Professor, Director of iCourts, Copenhagen.
  • 16.10-16.30: Q & A.
  • 16.30-17.00: The role of NGOs/Civil Society in Developing Global Justice. By Kirsten Meersschaert, Head of Office, Regional Coordinator, CICC (Coalition for the ICC) in the Hague.
  • 17.00-17.15: Questions and debate.
  • 17.15-17.30: Coffee break and finger sandwiches.


Session 2: Experience and Assessment in Different Fields of Courts and Justice.

  • 17.30-17.50: The Authority of International Courts – Law Versus Reality and Interests by Shai Dothan, Associate Professor, Director of iCourts, Copenhagen.
  • 17.50-18.10: International Criminal Tribunals – Success or Failure? By Frederik Harhoff, Former Judge at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
  • 18.10-18.40: The European Court of Human Rights – The Crown Jewel of Europe? By David Björgvinsson, former judge at the European Court of Human Rights & Professor, iCourts.
  • 18.40-19.00: Debate.
  • 19.00-19.10: Closing remarks by organizers.


Deadline for registration: Monday June 6, 2016. Register here.