New Challenges to International Law

A View from The Hague


International law and the Hague, the city where so many institutions of international law are established, are intimately connected. This book presents the views developed by some of the active players in the legal capital of the world on a number of the current challenges faced by international law. The starting point was a seminar held in the Peace Palace, reviewing some of the legal policy questions of today, such as the acceptance of the jurisdiction of the ICJ as a prerequisite to dispute settlement. Supplementing these articles on classical international law are essays dealing with the younger discipline of international criminal law, as practiced by the ICC and other Tribunals, offering ideas on, among other things. how to speed up the lengthy procedures of international criminal tribunals. Other contributions debate the universality of human rights and their legal protection.

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Steven van Hoogstraten (1949) obtained his degree in international law at Groningen University in 1974. After a 25 year career in positions within different departments of the Government (Foreign Affairs, Agriculture & Fish, Health, and Justice) he became the General Director of the Netherlands' Carnegie Foundation in 2002. In that capacity he was responsible for the daily management of the Peace Palace, a major international monument of 1913 and home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. From 2002 he also worked as the Treasurer of the Hague Academy of International Law. Steven van Hoogstraten retired mid 2015.
All interested in the development of international law, both public and criminal law, as well as human rights law.