Recent News and Events

Leigh Swigart Featured in TV Series
SwigartLeigh Swigart was featured in an episode of the Curiosity Foundation’s TV series “New England Authors with Kameel Nasr” discussing The International Judge: An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World’s Cases, which she wrote with Daniel Terris and Cesare P. Romano. Watch the episode here. 

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From May 30 to June 2, 2018 the 12th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) took place in Oslo. The session was centered around the theme “The Legitimacy of International Courts: Challenges and Responses,” and was co-hosted with the PluriCourts Center for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a center of excellence of the University of Oslo Law Faculty. Read a summary of the session.

Brandeis Institute for International Judges 2016BIIJ 2016 Judges

The 11th session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges was held in Copenhagen 27-30 June 2016, and was carried out as a partnership between the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law. The Institute’s theme was “The Authority of International Courts and Tribunals: Challenges and Prospects.” Read more about the Institute here.

BIIJ 2016 Report [PDF]Read or download a complete report of the Institute: BIIJ 2016 [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.

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.