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From Nuremberg to The Hague

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The Nürnberg Documentation Center Audio Tour focused upon the rise of the Nazi party. Again the museum amazed, they’re both exhibits with numerical codes to punch into your audio device to hear English spoken language about a particular exhibit and when you entered an area with a plain film the film’s audio played. Today was quite interesting because it’s surrounded its focus upon the Nazi party and its key figures and ideals. There was hours of guided tour that occurred all to fast. There wasn’t enough time to hear everything. But what I did enjoy was the creation of the architecture of the Third Reich, to establish itself and inspire its people by the masses. There was also a short film about a woman responsible for taking film of many demonstrations and speeches. She described how she saw to convey what was before her. We were able to hear the inspirational words of it off Hitler himself translated, who was an extremely found speaker. One of the films had spoken about how they prepared the German people for war enacting and playing war games. I immediately thought of all of the war games our youth plays from the United States and how it exposes, desensitizes and teaches people about war and violence in an innovative fashion by the masses as well. There were also narratives taken and conveyed through film of the German women who survived the WWII that were rather moving and inspirational.


The following train rides to Luxembourg were gorgeous as we had a chance to take in much of the Rein river, the small villages, churches, and castles along the way. But our experience with the European court of Justice was most memorable. Our guide Enrico was fantastic. Not to mention the presentations by the archivist, advocate general assistant and the press/media briefer before the hearing we witnessed. The oral arguments were in Spanish and related to Spanish government troubles related to government compensation to supplement a retired employee that was unable to collect what was due to them. Oral advocacy was at work, aided by multiple translators. I found it some entertaining how the undertones of politics played a role in the proceeding by some judges questioning. There were clear references to Spain’s economic situation with relation to these pay outs to these employees but the EU law provided no cap. I quickly became infatuated with the European court of Justice its library of international law and documents. I know of no where else that is most suited for International law studies with the vast amounts of references and sources available to the court. WOW! I maybe petitioning the library for material in the future with respect my work with International Law. If I do have the opportunity to be employed within the field of Public international law such a source is invaluable. Now what EU Member state would I attempt to gain dual citizenship with?

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The Hague proved to be quite the location for international Law. We visited the ICJ and Icc in the same day. The ICC experience proved to be rather unique with talks by the special prosecutor Hans and Mr. Koerner. Here seemed very much like an educational lecture on what the court has done, is doing and where it is headed.  They seemed to need all the help they could get. They advertised at the front “media entrance” internship brochures. This exposure to the court spurred an interest in me to research the Rome statute, the courts rules of evidence, etc. to compare them to our Rules in the United States. The US has not signed onto the treaty that would allow this court to establish its jurisdiction. Even though the state has the option of whether or not to utilize the court. It must be primarily for financial reason that the U.S. has signed onto the respective treaty.


But what proved to be extra special today was the visit to the Peace Palace. Finally seeing the structure and location where much of what I have read and studied throughout my undergraduate and Juris doctorate study brought a sense of permanence to International Law. Fun fact the UN only rents the property from the Carnegie Foundation. But having the opportunity to speak with the clerk for judge Joan Donoghue was inspirational. Michael Becker, some one with a similar path as mine, and similar course of study is indeed contributing to public International Law. It can be done. Naturally he was a Yale graduate, somewhat intimidating but not discouraging. I had the opportunity to hear how the justices write case notes and decide on an opinion to use. Pretty neat! We had a brief tour of the grounds and where the judges convene. I truly visited a diplomatic haven. The palace had a clock tower with beautiful bells as well.




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