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Institutions in The Hague

The Hague carries with pride its title of International city of Peace, Justice and Security: the city is the home base of almost every international organization in the field of peace and the administration of justice.

Major International Organisations based in The Hague:

Permanent Court of Arbitration
Established by treaty at the First Hague Peace Conference in 1899, the Permanent Court of Arbitration is the oldest global institution for the settlement of international disputes. The Court offers a wide range of services for the resolution of international disputes which the parties concerned (States or International Organisations) have expressly agreed to submit for resolution under its auspices. The parties themselves select the arbitrators. Sessions of the Permanent Court of Arbitration are confidential.
Location: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague

International Court of Justice
The highest judicial organ of the United Nations began work in 1946. The Court settles in accordance with international law the legal disputes submitted to it by States, and gives advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by international organs and agencies. The Court is composed of 15 sitting judges from different nationalities elected by the UN General Assembly and Security Council. Those magistrates work independently from their national governments and give judgments on disputes concerning matters such as national frontiers and maritime boundaries, diplomatic relations, economic rights, etc.
Location: Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague

International Criminal Court
The first ever permanent, treaty-based international criminal court was established on 17 July 1998 when its statute was accepted by 120 States. The ICC is a court of last resort. It will not act if a case is investigated or prosecuted by a national judicial system unless the national proceedings are not genuine. In addition, the ICC only tries those accused of the gravest crimes.
Location: P.O. Box 19519, 2500 CM The Hague

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
It was established by Security Council resolution 827 on 25 May 1993 in the face of the serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia from 1991. Since its creation, the Tribunal has become a fully operational legal institution rendering judgements and setting important precedents of international criminal and humanitarian law.
Location: Churchillplein 1, 2517JW The Hague

Europol is the European Union law enforcement organisation that handles criminal intelligence. Its aim is to improve the effectiveness and cooperation between the competent authorities of the Member States in preventing and combating serious international organised crime. The establishment of Europol was agreed in the Maastricht Treaty of European Union on 7 February 1992. The Europol Convention came into force on 1 October 1998.
Location: Raamweg 47, 2596 HN The Hague

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
It was established in 1997 by the countries that joined the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to ensure that the Convention works effectively and achieves its purpose. The OPCW is working mostly to convince those countries in the world that have not yet done so to join the Convention, and to check and confirm the destruction of existing chemical weapons.
Location: Johan de Wittlaan 32, 2517 JR The Hague

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