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The Court at 75 and Hopes for its Future

  • Brian McGarry
  • Miriam Boxberg
  • Chloé Batchelor
  • Galatee Fouquet
Wednesday 23 June 2021

This is the first webinar in a series of events marking the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice. On Wednesday 23rd June at 16:00 we turn our attention to the international legal order and how it can help address some global challenges or set standards of practice.

As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice it is not only important to reflect but also look ahead. The event is an opportunity for the Court to share with a wide audience three things. 1) What the Court has been doing the past 75 years in the name of peace and justice. 2) The role of the court in the International System. 3) The relationship of the Court to the SDG’s. 

The theme of the event is the future of the ICJ and the role it could play in building a future that reflects the UN’s core principles. To understand the role the Court could play in the future. We start by looking at the Court’s history, its mandate, and limitations so our audience has a good idea of what we can expect in the future. We discuss with students and young professionals the role of international bodies like the ICJ, its relationship to the UN system, and how the Court can help us better understand the international legal order and support grass roots efforts to address global issues like climate change, gender inequality, and the defence of human rights. We will look at the possibility of using the court as a dispute resolution mechanism for states and the social impact this could have for regional and local judicial institutions trying find laws that apply to a given situation. 

The idea is to discuss with youth activists, agents of change, and students the Court, its purpose, how it developed over the past 75 years, and to take a closer look at Article 36 of the ICJ’s Charter and discuss the role the ICJ could play as dispute settlement mechanism. The objective is to make clear how the Court differs from traditional judicial institutions and explore how the Court through its ability to give advice or help interpret the law can support regional and local efforts by individuals, groups, or states.

Event Program

  • Opening remarks
    David den Dunnen
  • Panel introductions and discussion
    Moderator - Dr. Asier Garrido-Muñoz
  • Closing remarks
  • Post Event Networking Session



  • Dr. Asier Garrido-Muñoz


  • Brian McGarry
    Brian McGarry is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University), and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. Dr. McGarry was previously Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge University). He serves as Principal Investigator for Leiden Law School’s Tracing Inherent Powers project, and his research on international institutional law and dispute settlement has been awarded support from the Fulbright Scholar Program and the Swiss National Science Foundation. A member of the New York bar, he has counselled governments and international organisations in cases and negotiations focused on the law of the sea, international environmental law, and international economic law.


  • Miriam Boxberg
    Miriam is currently a Pupil Barrister at Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers in London. From 2014-2015, Miriam was a Judicial Fellow / University Trainee, nominated by the University of Cambridge, at the International Court of Justice. At the ICJ, Miriam worked with Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood (United Kingdom) and Judge Leonid Skotnikov, succeeded by Judge Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation). During her Bachelor, Miriam also interned with the Department of Legal Matters at the ICJ Registry. Miriam studied public international law at The Hague University (LL.B.) and the University of Cambridge (LL.M.)
  • Chloé Batchelor
    Chloé graduated from THUAS at the end of 2018 after completing two internships at the ICJ, one at the office of the registrar and one at the information department. After that, She was offered a temporary position at the office of the registrar too and then moved to St Andrews to do a master in terrorism and political violence. Chloé graduated in September 2020 and went straight on to do an internship at the OTP of the Mechanism on the Simatović & Stanišic team
  • Galatee Fouquet
    Galatée Fouquet graduated in 2018 from the International Bachelor of Law Programme, The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She conducted an exchange to Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and an internship with the International Court of Justice (ICJ). After obtaining her Master’s degree (with honours) in International Relations from the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs and specializing in European Union diplomacy at the College of Europe (Bruges), she now works as political officer in the EU Delegation to El Salvador since 2019.

Post Event Networking Session

After the Event, UNYI will host a post event networking session. This is an opportunity to connect with fellow participants and share with each other your insights about the future of the International Court of Justice. If you would like to join click here to register and you will receive an email with a link to join the post event session.

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Email for Questions

If you have any questions about registration or the event please contact us via the following email address unstudies@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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