Training course on the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague for Saudi Arabian Diplomats




16 Sep - 20 Sep 2013

Duration of event:

5 days


The Hague, Netherlands

Programme area:

Peace Security and Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy



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Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.


During the last 50 years, the relevance of public international law in the international arena has steadily grown. In recent years the number of international courts that have been created also increased resulting in the fragmentation of international law, both procedural and substantial. The growing importance of the international judicial system implies that it is indispensable for senior-level government officers working in the areas of international law and international justice to fully familiarize themselves with the work of the existing international judicial institutions. This study visit will explore the existing international courts and tribunals and address both institutional and procedural aspects as well as a number of theoretical and practical issues relating to their creation, structure, functioning, jurisdiction and competence.

Event Objectives

The overall objective of this training course is to familiarize participants with the international courts and tribunals in The Hague.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training course, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the difference between the United Nations Organisation and system;
  • Define the structure, mandate and functions of the major international organisations in Geneva;
  • Recognise and analyse linkages between the international organisations in Geneva;
  • Understand the decision-making process and the governance system of these organisations.


Content and Structure

On the first day of the training course, participants will receive an introduction to international law. During the five days in The Hague, participants will be familiarized with the different existing international courts and tribunals from the list below as well as with the EU agencies Europol and Eurojust. A number of practical issues relating to their creation, structure, functioning, jurisdiction, and competence will be addressed as well as institutional and procedural aspects:

The Iran-US Claims Tribunal 

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

The International Court of Justice 

The Permanent Court of Arbitration

The International Criminal Court

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon





The training course is designed to be highly interactive and participatory. Training methods include concept learning (lectures, presentations), experience sharing and exposure to real world problems diplomats are confronted with. The training course includes visits to different courts, tribunals and EU agencies where participants can learn more about the institution and have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with members of the institution.

Targeted Audience

This training is aimed at diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Additional Information

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.