Center Convenes Global Judicial Colloquium at University of Haifa
July 20-22, 2012
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life convened the Global Judicial Colloquium in Haifa, Israel from July 20 to 22, 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.
The 23 participants represented different kinds of jurisdictions and hailed from across the globe: Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda), Asia (India and The Philippines), Europe (Albania, Latvia, and Romania), the United States, and Israel.
Domestic judges engaged in intensive dialogue with their counterparts serving in the international arena. The international judges who participated were René Blattmann (Bolivia) of the International Criminal Court, Erik Møse (Norway) of the European Court of Human Rights (and formerly of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), and Jacob Wit (The Netherlands) of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Participants discussed topics related to the intersection between domestic and international judicial spheres: the application of international law in domestic courtrooms, the implications of the International Criminal Court’s complementarity principle on domestic judicial work, and the issue of jurisdictional overlap between national and international bodies.
Leigh Swigart, Director of Programs in International Justice and Society, and Dan Terris, Ethics Center Director, also led a session at the colloquium related to their ongoing research on the international judiciary.
The international judges who participated are all alumni of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ), the model for the Brandeis Judicial Colloquia series. The BIIJ has served as a model for the Brandeis Judicial Colloquia series. To date, the Center has held colloquia in West Africa, North America, South America, and India. Read more about the Brandeis Judicial Colloquia series.
The Global Judicial Colloquium was supported by the Rice Family Foundation.