Representatives from the municipality of the Hague, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Criminal Court, and several Dutch universities will visit Washington this week to participate in a series of events on the challenges facing international law today. The Hague is recognized as the “Legal Capital of the World,” and promoting international law, human rights and the rule of law are top priorities for the Netherlands.

On Thursday, April 13, the fourth annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture will discuss how new technologies advance and complicate international law and justice. The Hague Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines and Jeroen van den Hoeven, a professor of ethics and technology at Delft University, will join a panel of legal experts to explore several issues including: the principles and protocols  needed for cross-border data sharing to investigate and prosecute crimes;  and the key technological tools need to document and prosecute violations of international humanitarian, human rights, and criminal law.

The lecture will take place at 10 a.m. April 13 at The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW

This year the American Society of International Law (ASIL) will explore the theme of  “What International Law Values” during its annual meeting April 12-15. A number of Dutch experts and representatives from international legal courts located in the Hague will take part in the ASIL meeting including Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court; and Kimberly Prost, Chef du Cabinet to the President of the International Criminal Court.

To end the ASIL annual meeting, Prof. Dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin of the Asser Institute will moderate ASIL’s closing plenary on “Building Trust in International Law and Institutions.” Professor Ballin will lead the discussion on what steps can be taken to restore faith in the international law and multilateral institutions.

The ASIL annual meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW.

Members of the media wishing to attend these events should contact Carla Bundy or Jacquelien Nienhuis.