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Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in General News

The De-legitimization of War – VOW Hosts The Hague Roundtable

VOW hosted a Think Tank in The Hague, labeled “A Roundtable on the Delegitimization of War.”

The Think Tank was hosted by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace under the guidance of Maja Groff on October 18th and 19th. VOW Co- Chair Janis Alton was a lead coordinator and attended with Director Tamara Lorincz and member Joan Russow.


The main objective was to convene a focused, substance-based Round Table in The Hague (the “International City of Peace and Justice”) on the topic of the De-legitimization of War, from legal, socio-political and cultural perspectives, in order to diagnose the status quo, and to conduct open brainstorming about medium to long-term avenues of activity and insight in this area, drawing upon the resources of international law and key international institutions. An important objective of the Round Table was to learn about and take advantage of the important international legal institutions in The Hague.

VOW Board Member Tamara Lorincz wrote the following twitter post:

Tamara Lorincz Hague

To learn about the proposed Concept Background Paper created prior to the event, click here.

The International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) wrote a review of The Hague Roundtable in their quarterly Newsletter:

“The INMP was among a dozen peace NGOs which gathered for a round table in The Hague on the De-legitimization of War on 18-19 October. The meeting, which was held in the conference room adjacent to the INMP secretariat, had been proposed by Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. The International Peace Bureau, International Institute for Peace Education, Women Peacemakers Program, World Federalist Movement, Movement for the Abolition of War, Spanish Association for International Human Rights Law, and Transcend International were among the organisations represented. In addition, practising international lawyers and academics associated with such institutions as the Permanent Court of Arbitration, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and Hague Conference on Private International Law also participated in their personal capacities.

The main goal was to facilitate open discussions that would serve as a foundation for future broader dialogue and activity of civil society groups on this topic. An agreed document, with recommendations, is currently being prepared. The criminalization and outlawing of war, and the associated topics of national constitutions with provisions to that effect (such as Article 9 in Japan), and of countries without armies (such as Costa Rica), are subjects that are displayed in several peace museums around the world and that contribute to a greater awareness of, as well as support for, the de-legitimization of war. This is a most appropriate subject to consider and act upon at a time when many countries are commemorating the centenary of WW1.”

For more information on the INMP click here

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