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10 Year Anniversary of the International Criminal Court focuses on the U.S. and The Hague Tradition

On July 4, 2012, at 11:00 am, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of the International Criminal Court, U.S. students, citizens and diplomats will convene a celebration at Grotius’ Tomb, The Nieuwe Kerk, Delft, the Netherlands.  The event mirrors, in part, the historic July 4, 1899 ‘Grotius commemoration” led by the U.S. delegation to the 1899 Hague Peace Conference.

U.S. Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J. Rapp, and Convenor of the American NGO Coalition of the International Criminal Court, John Washburn, will lay a wreath at Grotius’ tomb.  Renowned historian of international law and the Hague tradition, Dr. Arthur Eyffinger, will deliver a lecture on the role of the United States in the development of the “Grotian Project” of international law. Dr. Eyffinger’s company, Judicap, will curate an educational exhibition, displayed in the Nieuwe Kerk, that complements his lecture.   A cleaning of the sterling silver engraved wreath, laid in 1899 by the U.S. delegation, has been arranged for this special occasion.  Luncheon to follow.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required.  Register by sending an email with name, nationality, and affiliation of each guest to:

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