Book Launch: Applying International Humanitarian Law to Judicial and Quasi Judicial Bodies – International and Domestic Aspects

19:00-19:10: Welcome and introduction of the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform and the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law (Dr. Christophe Paulussen, T.M.C. Asser Instituut)
19:10-19:20: Introductory speech presenting the volume (Mr. Solon Solomon, King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law)
19:20-19:30: Introduction of the panel (Dr. Robert Heinsch, Leiden University)
19:30-19:45: Panellist one (Judge Christopher Greenwood, International Court of Justice)
19:45-20:00: Panellist two (Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, International Criminal Court)
20:00-20:15: Panellist three (Professor Cedric Ryngaert, Utrecht University)
20:15-20:45: Questions & answers with the audience
20:45-21:30: Drinks offered by T.M.C. Asser Press
Date: Tuesday 25 November 2014
Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut

November 14, Book Launch on the Establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut and T.M.C. Asser Press cordially invite you to attend the book launch of the first comprehensive publication on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).

The book reflects the main results of the first international conference (organised by the Asser Institute in September 2013) on the Commission proposal and is titled:

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office An extended arm or a Two-Headed dragon?

Edited by Leendert Erkelens, Arjen Meij and
Marta Pawlik.
The legislative proposal of the European Commission to set up this new EU body has provoked fierce debates, on political as well as the academic level. It will change fundamentally the existing system of judicial cooperation between EU Member States. And it will directly affect the functioning of national courts and public prosecution offices.

This book delves deeply into the legal and institutional aspects as well as the practical consequences of the Commission proposal. It provides in-depth insights in possible structures and functions of the new body, of interest for academics, policymakers and practitioners alike.

The Book Launch programme provides a concise update of the current state of the debate on EPPO in academia and of the ongoing negotiations in the EU.

Date: Friday 14 November 2014
Time:  15.00 – 17.15hr, followed by a reception
Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut

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Preliminary Programme

Flyer Book – The European Public Prosecutor’s Office An extended arm or a Two-Headed dragon?

[Book Launch] The Inspection House: An Impertinent Field Guide to Modern Surveillance

with authors Emily Horne & Tim Maly

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Harvard Law School campus,
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
RSVP required for those attending in person via the form below
Event will be webcast live
on this page at 12:30 pm.

In 1787, British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham conceived of the panopticon, a ring of cells observed by a central watchtower, as a labor-saving device for those in authority. While Bentham’s design was ostensibly for a prison, he believed that any number of places that require supervision—factories, poorhouses, hospitals, and schools—would benefit from such a design. The French philosopher Michel Foucault took Bentham at his word. In his groundbreaking 1975 study, Discipline and Punish, the panopticon became a metaphor to describe the creeping effects of personalized surveillance as a means for ever-finer mechanisms of control.

Forty years later, the available tools of scrutiny, supervision, and discipline are far more capable and insidious than Foucault dreamed, and yet less effective than Bentham hoped. Shopping malls, container ports, terrorist holding cells, and social networks all bristle with cameras, sensors, and trackers. But, crucially, they are also rife with resistance and prime opportunities for revolution. The Inspection House is a tour through several of these sites—from Guantánamo Bay to the Occupy Oakland camp and the authors’ own mobile devices—providing a stark, vivid portrait of our contemporary surveillance state and its opponents.

‘Someone you can’t see is watching you. That idea, long the stuff of feverish dystopian fantasy, is now an unremarkable statement of fact, true in most public places, and true in many that used to be private. Yet most of us being watched have no idea how this vast, casual surveillance came to be, or how it works. The Inspection House is a remedy for our collective incomprehension of the panopticon, built in our name, that we all now inhabit.
— Clay Shirky

Book launch “The Sources of International Law” by Professor Hugh Thirlway

Professor Thirlway will briefly introduce his book on ‘The Sources of International Law’. As is well known, while the traditional sources named in Article 38 of the ICJ Statute (treaties, customary law and the ‘general principles of law’) are still generally recognized, this is an area of law which has given rise to much argument and controversy, and a number of variant analyses or intellectual constructions. Professor Thirlway’s book endeavours to offer a clear statement of the issues, and of the problems; it does not itself offer any new theory, but comments critically on some of those that have been put forward in recent years. Comment will be by Sir Michael Wood, currently ILC Rapporteur on Identification of customary international law, and Professor James Crawford.

Hugh THIRLWAY, M.A., Ll.B (Cantab., St John’s College); Dr. en droit, Université de Nancy; joined the staff of the Registry of the International Court of Justice, 1968, and became Head of the newly created Legal Department 1987; Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, 1994-2001; course at The Hague Academy, 2002; resumed post at the ICJ, 2001-2005; sometime Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bristol, Leiden, Munich and Wuhan (China).

Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

Nuclear disarmament, nuclear nonproliferation, and the threat of nuclear terrorism are among the most critical challenges facing the world today. In a major new book, Unmaking the Bomb, a group of physicists and experts on nuclear security from Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security and the International Panel on Fissile Materials propose a fresh approach to addressing these long-held nuclear challenges.

Rather than tackling these issues separately, the authors argue that all three must be understood and realized together with renewed focus on the production, stockpiling, and disposal of plutonium and highly enriched uranium.

Carnegie will host two of the book’s authors to explain the scale and nature of the fissile materials challenge and outline proposed policies aimed at reducing and eventually ending the dangers these materials pose. These include ending the production of highly enriched uranium and plutonium for weapons, as well as their use as military and civilian reactor fuels, and the verified elimination of all national stockpiles.