Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise (HFJE)

Dec 1, 2004 - Dec 31, 2012

Project description

The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise develops and delivers high quality training modules on a wide range of subjects in the various fields of international law, at basic and advanced level. The modules are specifically designed for national judges and magistrates offering them the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and expertise in international law. The content of these modules depends to a large extent on the needs and demands of the participants and sponsors. These tailor-made modules are highly specialized and can be delivered in The Hague or in situ.
Since its establishment in 2004, The Forum has delivered some 35 training courses to judges and prosecutors from some 15 different countries.


International human rights law; International human rights law


To contribute towards creating a strong and independent judiciary that enjoys the support of all segments of society.
To provide judges with a sound understanding of the underlying notions of international law.
To improve the respect for human rights, democratic values and stability.
To increase the awareness about the importance of international law.
To encourage a critical debate about the functioning of the criminal justice system in their country.
To create a network among the participants and between the participants and the Hague Forum with the aim To exchange legal information.
To equip the judges with practical skills and know-how to contribute to the development of a more effective and transparent administration of justice and to strengthen the rule of law.
To enable judges to apply international law and in particular address human rights abuses in the domestic courts.

• Specific knowledge dissemination (based on needs assessment)
• Imbedded in the legal context of the country
• In-depth working visits to the various international courts and tribunals in The Hague
• Providing practical skills (through case studies, workshops etc) how to apply international law