January was a quite busy month for Urios. We had already organized the Working at the Ministries event, the Gala, a visit to Bird&Bird and the member drinks. Nonetheless we also organized the Courts Day, in collaboration with Ad Informandum. During this event of the Urios Courts Day we visited the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (UN IRMCT) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The Mechanism taught us a great deal about the horrible crimes against humanity in the Former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda, and the Mechanism explained the works of the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
After a pretty amazing free lunch at the beach of Scheveningen it was time to visit the International Court of Justice. During our visit to the ICJ a law clerk showed us a great deal of the history and the necessity of the ICJ. After explaining us the functioning and works of the judges and the institution, we debated several cases and hypotheticals in geo-politics.
Luckily both speakers from both institutions were very interesting and vivid and they were able to really engage all participants in the debates.