International Justice and Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa - In The Hague

Date: Friday 31 May 2013

Time: 17:00 to 19:00

Location: Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR, The Hague, The Netherlands

Venue: The Hague Institute for Global Justice,

Speakers: John R.W.D. Jones QC, Max du Plessis, Professor Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Michiel Pestman, Böhler Advocaten. Prof. Göran Sluiter, Böhler Advocaten Professor at University of Amsterdam


Fee: Free

The Arab Spring led to a UN Security Council referral of the Libya situation to the International Criminal Court. In Yemen, the Security Council helped to facilitate a transitional justice process. But are these initiatives working? And what are the prospects for Syria?

The panellists will discuss the relationship between the International Criminal Court, States and the Security Council, as well as transitional justice initiatives in Yemen and elsewhere. They will also highlight the perspectives of people in the region to such international action and proposals for a way forward.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Question & Answer session and then a drinks reception from 6:30-7pm. 



  • Professor Max du Plessis, Doughty Street Chambers; Associate Professor of law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; Senior Research Associate, International Crime in Africa Programme, Institute for Security Studies.
  • Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Honorary Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
  • Michiel Pestman, Böhler Advocaten.
  • Prof. Göran Sluiter, Böhler Advocaten and Professor of International Criminal Law at University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Marc Weller, Doughty Street Chambers, Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies in the University of Cambridge and the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre 

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