Live show: The Hague – 125 Years of Peace and Justice

From left to right: Stef with Leila Sadat, Benjamin Duerr, Shadi Sadr, Andrea Lapunzina Veronelli and Janet (credit: Sacha Verheij, The Hague Humanity Hub)

A special episode for you this week. To mark the Hague’s 125th anniversary as the International City of Peace and Justice we teamed up with The Hague Humanity Hub and Just Peace for a live podcast.

Stef and Janet hosted a panel discussion with four expert guests to discuss the evolving landscape of international law and justice and if the Hague and its institutions are still fit for purpose.

On the panel was Shadi Sadr is a human rights lawyer and PhD candidate at Leiden University. Shadi ran Raahi, a legal center, which defended women facing death by stoning as well as those affected by Iran’s gender-discriminatory laws.

We had Andrea Lapunzina Veronelli, the Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, who acts as registrar and administrative secretary in arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution proceedings.

Benjamin Duerr, a German-Dutch international lawyer and diplomat, joined the panel. Benjamin is the author of a new book entitled De Droom van Den Haag, about the Hague Peace Conferences and how they shaped international law, multilateralism, and the rules-based international order.

And finally Leila Sadat, an award-winning international law, international criminal law, and human rights academic from the US. She is the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University in St. Louis and a Visiting Fellow at the Schell Center for Human Rights at Yale.

For recommendations this week both our guest speakers and audience members had great suggestions, see the list below.

De Droom van Den Haag by Benjamin Duerr
The Last Colony by Philippe Sands
Judgement at Tokyo by Gary J Bass
Against the World: Anti-Globalism and Mass Politics Between the World Wars by Tara Zahra
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
Caring and the Law by Jonathan Herring
The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott J. Shapiro
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

Civil War (2024)
Bridgerton (TV series 2020)