A painter spruces up the former premises of the The Hague Institute for Global Justice to ready it for a new tenant after the demise of the institute (Photo: Janet Anderson)
06 April 2018 by Irene van der Linde and Tjitske Lingsma

In 2011 a new prestigious institution - The Hague Institute for Global Justice - was set up with huge ambitions and 20 million euros of Dutch government funding. But after only a few years, the institute is broke and Dutch politicians are asking questions in parliament. How did such a high-profile think-tank end up as a white elephant?

Visitors must cross a moat before entering the International Criminal Court's new permanent premises (Photo: Tjitske Lingsma)
15 December 2015 by Tjitske Lingsma and Janet H. Anderson, The Hague

Six block buildings, the tallest holding the courtrooms, stand in a row along the coastal landscape of The Hague. They are bedecked with trapezoid windows, meant to reflect the changing daylight and convey a sense of transparency. High fences are absent. The sand dunes that protect the Netherlands from the North Sea’s high tide are, along with many other measures, ingeniously used to provide security. This is the new permanent premises of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

10 February 2010 by -

A witness at the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo said intermediaries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) paid him to convince his nephew to give false testimony against the former Congolese warlord, is reporting.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The man’s nephew was called as a prosecution witness and told the court he had been child soldier in Lubanga’s militia - the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC).

24 March 2010 by -

A Dutch investigating judge, two court registrars, a representative of the prosecution and a defence lawyer have been in Kigali since March 15th, hearing testimony from 30 witnesses in the appeals case of convicted torturer Joseph Mpambara.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

A district court in The Hague last year sentenced Mpambara to 20 years imprisonment for torture committed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He immediately lodged an appeal.

01 April 2010 by -

The trial of Radovan Karadžić is scheduled to resume on 13 April with the start of the presentation of the prosecution’s evidence.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

The order was made on the back of the appeals chamber’s dismissal of Karadžić’s appeal  to allow him to postpone his trial.

24 February 2010 by -

The deputy prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) says it is likely that crimes against humanity were committed during a bloody crackdown on protesters in Guinea last year.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Fatou Bensouda, who has just returned from a three-day visit to Guinea, said on Friday, “on the basis of the information that we have received from this visit, we will pursue our preliminary examination.”

23 March 2011 by -

Dragomir Milosevic, former Bosnian Serb Army General, was transferred on Wednesday to Estonia to serve his 29-year sentence for crimes committed during the war in ex-Yugoslavia.

By Uros Kovac

Milosevic was a commander of the Sarajevo-Romanija Corps that sniped at and terrorized Sarajevo civilians during the three and a half year siege of the Bosnian capital. He led the corps for the last 15 months of the siege, from August 1994 until November 1995.

24 April 2006 by -

Read here the International Justice Tribune, No. 45

Table of content:

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Seven soldiers convicted
  • Peru: Fujimori’s double dealing
  • Central African Republic: ICC gets a green light
  • International Criminal Court: Defence in unfamiliar territory

Click here to download the IJT, No. 45

15 March 2004 by -

In the first case of its kind, a foreign national suspected of crimes committed in another country is to be tried in the Netherlands. The trial of the former colonel of the Zaire army Sebastian Nzapali, aged 51, is due to open on 24 March in Rotterdam. Nicknamed «the king of beasts», Nzapali is accused by three Congolese citizens of rape and torture during the 1990s, during the regime of the toppled President Mobutu Sese Seko, according to AFP.

01 June 2001 by -
  • The statute of the Tribunal was adopted by Security Council resolution 827 of 25 May 1993.
  • The Tribunal's mission is to « prosecute persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991 in order to ensure that such violations are halted and effectively redressed, to put an end to such crimes, to take effective measures to bring them to justice, to restore and to maintain international peace and security.

The judges

The Hague