Recent News and Events
Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2015
The 10th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges was held in Malta, 4-8 January 2015 around the theme “International Courts, Local Actors” in collaboration with the University of Malta, which hosted much of the Institute on its historic Valletta campus. Read more about the Institute.
Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2013
A complete report of the ninth session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges is now available. The Institute was held in Lund, Sweden, 28-31 July 2013 around the theme “The International Rule of Law in a Human Rights Era.” Partner organizations were the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Lund University Faculty of Law. Read more about the Institute. View or download the report [PDF].
Global Judicial Colloquium - The Netherlands, 2013 Adjudicating Sexual Violence Under International and Domestic Law: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
From 28 October to 1 November 2013, a unique group of judges convened in The Netherlands to engage in judicial dialogue about how sexual violence can be effectively addressed through the courts. Read more.
Global Judicial Colloquium - Haifa, 2013
The Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life convened the Global Judicial Colloquium in Haifa, Israel on 21 July 2014, as part of a larger training academy for domestic judges from around the world, organized by the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. Read more.
Global Judicial Colloquium - Haifa, 2012
The Center convened the Global Judicial Colloquium in Haifa, Israel from 20-22 July 2012, as part of a larger training academy for domestic judges from around the world, organized by the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. Read more.
Brazil's Balancing Act: Reconciling the Demands of Economic Development, Environmental Protection, and Indigenous Rights
The Ethics Center and the International Business School hosted a panel discussion on contemporary issues facing Brazil. Read more.
Beyond Nuremburg: the Future of International Criminal Justice
The Ethics Center welcomed Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein to Brandeis to deliver the Distinguished Lecture in International Justice and Human Rights. Read more and view video and transcript.
Inaugural iCourts Conference at the University of Copenhagen
The Ethics Center Director Dan Terris and Director of Programs in International Justice and Society Leigh Swigart attended the inaugural conference of iCourts on 14-15 September 2012 in Denmark. Read more.
Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2012
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 organized a symposium examining approaches to seeking justice in the aftermath of violent conflict and gross violations of human rights. Read more.
Judges Colloquium on Women and Justice – India 2011
The colloquium, held in New Delhi in October 2011, 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
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.