A Mission to the International Courts at The Hague

Vol. 45 No. 4

Keith Roberts is an arbitrator and mediator in New York City and a member of the American Bar Association Judicial Division. A special thanks to Elizabeth Stong, Mary Vasaly, Steven Zollman, Gary LaFleur, Claudia Sainsot, Richard Ginkowski, and Dan Naranjo for their assistance with this article.

The American Bar Association led a 70-person delegation to The Hague in April 2017 as part of a continuing legal education series in international justice systems. Participants heard from judges, attorneys, and senior administrators for international courts housed at The Hague and other specialized courts around the globe addressing legal issues on an international level. The program engaged participants in thoughtful discussions of the missions and operations of international courts. Topics ranged widely, including the development of international criminal law, how to reconcile differences between the legal systems involved, and thorny matters like translation, detention and punishment, security, and the treatment of witnesses to atrocities.

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