At the invitation of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Municipality of The Hague, Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust, was invited to participate in an official visit to Washington, DC from 31 March to 2 April 2016. Since 2012, the three aforementioned organisations have worked together to bring delegations from the International City of Peace and Justice to the USA for conferences and panel discussions.
On 1 April, Ms Coninsx participated in a panel discussion at the third annual Justice Stephen Breyer Lecture on International Law given by the Brookings Institution, The emerging law of 21st century war. The discussion was opened by Ms Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor of The Hague, and moderated by Mr Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute of Global Justice. The keynote speaker was Mr Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School. Ms Coninsx addressed the response, at EU level, to the threats posed by foreign terrorist fighters and the need to enhance cooperation and coordination with the support of Eurojust. In particular, she addressed the criminal justice approach versus the war on terror and the thin line between international humanitarian law and counter-terrorism law and jurisprudence in the European Union. A video of the event is available.
On the following day, 2 April, Ms Coninsx joined the closing panel of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) annual meeting. During the session, entitled Countering Violent Extremism: Understanding the Shifting Landscape in National and International Approaches, Ms Coninsx underlined the need for a multidisciplinary approach as well as the judicial dimension of de-radicalisation.
Video of Brookings event