Recent News and Events

Brazil's Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Indigenous Rights

Ethics Center and International Business school host panel discussion on Brazil

Beyond Nuremburg: the Future of International Criminal Justice

The Ethics Center welcomes Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein to Brandeis

Inaugural iCourts Conference at the University of Copenhagen

iCourts at the University of Copenhagen

Ethics Center attends iCourts inaugural event

Global Judicial Colloquium - Haifa, 2012

Center Convenes Global Judicial Colloquium at University of Haifa

Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2012

BIIJ 2012 Report [PDF]

A complete report of the eighth session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges is now available. The Institute was held in Carmona, Spain, 3-7 January, 2012. View or download the report [PDF].

Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence (2011)

The Ethics Center organizes a symposium examining approaches to seeking justice in the aftermath of violent conflict and gross violations of human rights.

Judges Colloquium on Women and Justice – India (2011)

 Judicial Colloquium in IndiaThe colloquium, held in New Delhi in October, brought together judges from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the United States to address a variety of issues related to gender-based violence and its impact on the work of judges. Read more.

Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society


The Peace Palace in The Hague

Programs in International Justice and Society enhance the work of the international justice system by informing the general public about its accomplishments and challenges, providing discussion fora for both international and domestic judges on relevant issues of law and ethics, and encouraging interdisciplinary inquiry about international justice as well as human rights and complementary justice activities. The Programs also seek to introduce undergraduate students to the world of international justice through supporting courses on related topics and organizing on-campus events.


The world of international justice is complex and changing. Over the past several decades, a number of new international justice institutions have been established in response to specific events and to a generalized view that some kinds of judicial proceedings can best serve the interests of the global community. At the same time, many processes meant to complement international justice have emerged, such as truth and reconciliation commissions, localized forms of justice adapted to new circumstances, and various human rights endeavors. Neither institutions of justice nor complementary processes take their forms from legal notions alone; they are products of complex social realities and subsequently serve to shape these same realities. The field of international justice thus benefits from a multidisciplinary perspective that incorporates the insights not only of law but also of the humanities and social sciences.

Central to the formulation of the Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society is the inclusion of intellectual approaches provided by literature, history, anthropology, philosophy and many other disciplines. The staff of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life strives to enrich the experience of practitioners and “constituents” of international justice -- judges, attorneys, victims, witnesses, scholars, advocates and others--by developing programs that take into account of the full complexity of justice institutions and the work they perform. Students are also encouraged to study institutions and mechanisms of international justice in their full contexts.

A Brandeis library research guide to international justice, offering an overview of the field, was prepared by the Center. It can be found here.

A presentation on the Center's work in West Africa related to international justice and coexistence is available here.

Brandeis Programs in International Justice and Society are directed by Leigh Swigart.