At Seminar, Swigart Discusses International Judges

October 2, 2008

On September 22, Director of Programs in International Justice and Society Leigh Swigart lectured to a gathering of US judges in The Hague on the topic of international judges and the institutions in which they serve. These judges, hailing from states across the nation, were participants in the Sir Richard May Seminar on International Law and International Courts, an annual event organized by the International Judicial Academy. They spent five days in The Hague learning about international justice and visited various courts, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (which is trying former Liberian Charles Taylor in The Hague), and the US-Iran Claims Tribunal. The US judges were joined for the first time by a delegation of judges from Latin America.

Swigart provided seminar participants with an introduction to the men and women who serve as international judges, the nature of their work, the characteristics of their institutions, and the sometimes unique challenges they face. Swigart is the author, along with Daniel Terris of Brandeis University and Cesare P.R. Romano of Loyola Law School, of The International Judge: an Introduction to the Men and Women who Decide the World's Cases (UPNE/OUP 2007).

Also lecturing at the seminar was Center board member Hans Corell, who served as Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations from March 1994 to March 2004.