by: J. Mar del Castillo
In furtherance of our justices and judges’ knowledge in the field
of international law, select Justices and Judges were invited to
participate in a ten-day Course Program on International Criminal Law
in The Hague, Netherlands. The study visit was organized and
sponsored by The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise in coordination
with the Philippine Judicial Academy.
Supreme Court Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna and Court of Appeals Presiding Justice
Ruben T. Reyes as well as Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo
attended the training. Other participants were Sandiganbayan Justices
Edilberto G. Sandoval and Godofredo L. Legaspi, Regional Trial Court
Judges Alejandro G. Bijasa, Mercedes P. Lacap and Reynaldo G. Ros of
Manila, Edwin D. Sorongon of Mandaluyong City, Joselito D.J. Vibandor
of Las Piñas, Oscar P. Barrientos of Caloocan, Fortunato M. De
Gracia, Jr. of Cebu, Peter V. Eisma of Zambonga City and Carmelita S.
Davin of Digos Davao del Sur, Ret. Justice Rodolfo G. Palattao,
Professor Carlos P. Medina, Jr. of the PHILJA and Atty. Jose Eduardo
Malaya III of the Department of Foreign Affairs also attended the training.
Held mainly at the premises of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the training
combined practical and academic knowledge in international criminal
law and covered a wide array of topics such as war and gender-based
crimes, human rights, jurisdiction, and implementation in the
national context. Likewise included in the course was a visit to the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and
the International Courts of Justice.
The course program concluded with a farewell dinner hosted by Ambassador
Romeo A. Arguelles and a closing ceremony held at T.M.C. Asser
Instituut, with Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, on behalf of the
delegation, presenting a token of appreciation to The Hague Forum.