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Justices and Judges Attend Hague Training

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.

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