Originally published on the official website of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: https://www.stl-tsl.org/en/media/press-releases/6309-a-group-of-lebanese-deans-and-professors-visit-the-special-tribunal-for-lebanon
A group of deans and professors from eight Lebanese universities visited the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) this week as part of a three-day study visit to The Hague. The group met with STL President Judge Ivana Hrdličková, and attended briefings by Prosecutor Norman Farrell and Head of the Defence Office Dorothée Le Fraper du Hellen as well as other STL officials on the Tribunal’s contribution to International Criminal Justice and Impact of the Ayyash et al. trial on Victims.
The visit, lasting from 14 to 18 April, included briefings by representatives of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the Asser Institute. The deans and professors also met with the Director of the International Bar Association and a Representative from Leiden University to discuss potential collaboration and participated in a debate on “The Changing face of Transitional Justice”.
The study visit to The Hague is part of the seventh edition of the Inter-University Programme on International Criminal Law and Procedure, initiated in 2011. The course is aimed at law, political science and international affairs students in Lebanese Universities, currently at no cost to them. The Programme is organized in cooperation between the STL, the Asser Institute and eleven Universities in Lebanon. The curriculum covers topics such as the history of international law, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes of terrorism and the role of the STL, the rights of the accused in international criminal proceedings, and the role of victims.
Karim El Mufti, Professor of International Law and Director of the Human Rights Legal Clinic at La Sagesse University said: “in times of turmoil and dreadful crimes around the world, the existence of international tribunals stands as a major testament in the fight against impunity. Getting academics and professors closer to the international justice practitioners represents an important initiative with a view to raising awareness and increasing knowledge about these crucial contemporary issues”.
“Law should be like death, which spares no one.” This quote from Montesquieu kept running through my mind during the visit of the academic team for transitional justice to The Hague where the values of justice prevail which is the aim of the law”, added Dr Abdel Hussain Shaban, Vice President of the Academic University for Nonviolence & Human Rights.
The Universities participating in the Programme are the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Beirut Arab University, Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, La Sagesse University, Notre Dame University, the American University of Science and Technology, the Lebanese American University, the Academic University College for Non Violence and Human Rights, Balamand University and the Islamic University.