Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Breakfast Meeting with Courtenay Griffiths QC

The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research hosted its second breakfast meeting on Monday the 31st of October 2011. In a riveting follow-up to the first guest speaker David Crane, former Prosecutor of the Special Court of Sierra Leone, Courtenay Griffiths Defence Counsel for Charles Taylor, defended the assertions made in his closing argument that the Taylor Case was politically motivated and that international criminal law a product of political machinations. The breakfast provided a great platform for academic debate and discussion, and interns were 'hanging on the lips' of Mr. Griffiths, who quite eloquently defended his position. 

Future meetings will see the likes of prominent legal scholars, judges, and practioners. It will offer interns a unique and fantastic opportunity to supplement their practical training with sound theoretical legal knowledge and practical advice whilst help keeping them abreast with the latest developments in international criminal law. It also provides excellent networking opportunities, since interns get one on one time with guest speakers.

The meetings are convened by Professor Tom Zwart, who is the Director of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, and organised by myself. These informative sessions are held at the Eden Babylon Hotel in The Hague, directly across from the Central Station and are convened on each allocated day from starting at 8.00 am. Breakfast is free of charge so that should be stimulus enough to sign up :-) For more information interns should contact the heads of their respective internship units or if all else fails drop me a mail.

Posted by Ingrid Roestenburg-Morgan

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