Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy in The Hague’s Peace Palace

Date: 10 January 2012
Time: 17.00-19.30
Organizer: JASON Institute, Peace Palace Library  
Venue: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, The Hague
 

Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy Plus Book Launch of “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” by Prof. Nico Schrijver 

The meeting’s central theme is the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates.

Commodore Michiel Hijmans will discuss the operational aspects of military operations to combat piracy, focusing on NATO’s counter-piracy operations. He was Commanding Officer of the Standing NATO Maritime Group, leading the operations `Ocean Shield´ (counter piracy) and `Operation Active Endeavour´ (counter terrorism).

Marten Zwanenburg will discuss the legal aspects of counter-piracy operations. He is Senior Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands, and has a doctorate in international law from the University of Leiden.

Henny Baan will discuss the prosecution of arrested pirates. When prosecuting Somali pirates in the Netherlands, the Dutch criminal system is confronted with various novel questions of domestic and international criminal law. Henny Baan is a Dutch Public Prosecutor to the Rotterdam District Court, responsible for the first prosecution in Europe in modern times for the ancient crime of attempted "sea robbery.”

On the same evening, “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” (published by Boom) will be offered to Dr. Bernard Bot, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former ambassador. Nico Schrijver, the author of the book, is Professor at Leiden University, Senator in the Dutch House of Parliament and President of the International Law Association. 

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series consists of approximately four lectures a year about issues of international public law. Each lecture will start with a reception, followed by the lecture. The Lecture Series are open to everyone and are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of international public law. 

Please register by sending an email to Otto Spijkers at o.spijkers@ppl.nl.

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