Geoffrey Nice Foundation

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The objective of the Foundation is to advance a multidisciplinary understanding of International Criminal Justice delivered by courts, truth commissions and in other ways

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Objectives of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation

The objective of the Foundation is to advance a multidisciplinary understanding of International Criminal Justice delivered by courts, truth commissions and in other ways. The Foundation seeks to achieve its goals through training and education programmes, together with other activities, which embrace legal, historical, political and sociological disciplines and their respective methodologies. It operates with students, researchers and academics of these disciplines from different countries, studying and working together. Master Classes take place annually under the general title “Law, History, Politics, and Society in the Context of Mass Atrocities” with different specific programmes for each year.

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Objectives of the Geoffrey Nice Foundation

The Foundation’s object shall be to:

Advance a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of International Criminal Justice by exploring legal, historical, political and sociological methodologies to deal with the issues relating to political violence and mass atrocities through the records produced at the International and National Courts

Apply a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research, seeking to achieve a balanced mixture of students of law, history, sociology, international relations and European studies

Stimulate public debate – regionally and globally – ny gathering and disseminating factual information about the mass atrocities

Make contact with victims, policy makers and international organizations in order to promote awareness of peace-making and the mexhanims of restroative and retributive justice

a. Advance a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of International Criminal Justice by
exploring legal, historical, political and sociological methodologies to deal with the issues
relating to political violence and mass atrocities through the records produced at the
International and National Courts;
b. Apply a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research, seeking to achieve a
balanced mixture of students of law, history, sociology, international relations and
European studies;
c. Stimulate public debate – regionally and globally – ny gathering and disseminating
factual information about the mass atrocities; and
d. Make contact with victims, policy makers and international organizations in order to
promote awareness of peace-making and the mexhanims of restroative and retributive
justice;

Law, not war

Ferencz started his legal career in 1947 in Nuremberg and at age 27 he became the youngest US prosecutor to prosecute the Nazi crimes. This extraordinary beginning of his professional life will mark Ferencz. The evidence he encountered in his work made him feel that he had peeked through the door of Inferno. After the war, he moved to New York where he practiced law in a private firm until 1975 when he finished the book Defining International Aggression-The Search for World Peace. More books followed and his ideas led to the activism of which the creation of the ICC and inclusion of the crime of aggression in the ICC statute are –are his most extraordinary achievements. Benjamin Ferencz showed us that the law can change the way how people think and behave. 

GNF Community members from all around the world
Year of Foundation

Board Members

Dr. Nevanka Tromp

Executive Director, Chairperson

Geoffrey Nice

Secretary

Staff Members

Nita Dragusha

Public Relations Officer

Present

Anoushka Aand

Intern

2020

Lucy Tafforin

Intern

2018-2019

Marie Ursula Kind

Programme Manager

2017-2018

Diana Mudrinic

Programme manager

2016-2017

Clara-Lou Michal

Programme manager

2015-2017

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Testimonials

The accommodation for the course was well organized. Most of the students were accommodated in a beautiful cloister within walking distance of the Inter University Centre. The fact that the students came from all over the world, even including North-Korea, made for an incredible interesting atmosphere. During classes and in leisure time, different political and legal views based on peoples origin were exchanged. The variety of eminent speakers; human rights activists, a British army general and an American diplomat, judges, etc., made that the students were offered a broad view of certain political and legal issues. Additionally, I specifically enjoyed the lunch discussions where we were offered a chance to have more in depth discussions with the lecturers over a good meal.

Janneke Kuyt​

During the first part of 2017, I assumed I will have a usual Summer (summer trip, vacation, etc.), but in April I got email from Geoffrey Nice Foundation. I was received on Master Class on Law and Politics of Terrorism. I was very glad, happy and full of expectations. When I arrived in Dubrovnik, I was very scared. Firstly, I didn't know anybody there. Moreover, I was the youngest. However, after first day I felt a relief, people was nice, lessons were excellent and whole organization was very professional. During two weeks I learnt a lot about terrorism and I had opportunity to spoke with most relevant experts from whole world about it.​

Karlo Kožina​

The course was a demanding one in terms of the sheer breadth of topics covered and the number of speakers/seminars per day. Over the two weeks participants discussed topics including: Post Cold War Political Violence and the History of Terrorism, The Foreign Fighter Phenomenon and Responses by European States, The Background and Legitimacy of the Kosovo Special Court, Is the West’s Response to Terrorism Appropriate?, Law and Politics of The Crime of Aggression, The Tension between Law, Justice, Truth and History Writing as well as Business and Terrorism.​

Preetika Mathur​

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 The Geoffrey Nice Foundation has been registered in 2014 under RSIM – number 853722286 at the Commerce Chamber (Kamer van Koophandel,) The Netherland.

The Geoffrey Nice Foundation has around 300 members from all around the world.

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