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Keynote Address by Hans Corell

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Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2002

The New International Jurisprudence: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals

9-15 June 2002

Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A
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During the week of June 9-15, 2002, the Center hosted the first Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ). The institute, entitled The New International Jurisprudence: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals, was held at Brandeis University and was among the first is its kind. Judges from several international courts and tribunals participated; including judges from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the European Court of Human Rights, and the African Court of Human and People’s Rights. The weeklong institute was by invitation only.

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Institute participants


The institute was designed specifically for judges sitting on courts of international and transnational jurisdiction. Despite the rapid proliferation of international judicial and quasi-judicial bodies over the course of the last fifty-years, the international community has not convened groups of international judges to discuss their work, and the implications and impact of their work. The institute provided a contained and confidential space and time for reflection, learning, and judicial innovation in the rapidly evolving field of international law. While the Institute faculty focused on legal issues, the ultimate goal of the institute was to facilitate the exploration of the ethical issues inherent in international adjudication.

The BIIJ addressed four broad categories within this overarching theme:

  • Global Law: Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Enforceability
  • An International Rule of Law, Law Making, and Judicial Independence
  • Substantive and Procedural International Law
  • Ethics and Justice: International Human Rights

Core Faculty

  • Justice Richard Goldstone, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
  • Professor Jeffrey Abramson, Professor of Politics at Brandeis University.
  • Hans Corell, Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, United Nations, Keynote Speaker



The Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2002 was funded by the Rice Family Foundation
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