Piece image

RN Documentary: Law and Peace Part I

From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide
Series: RN Documentaries
Length: 29:30

Why has The Hague become the centre for International peace and justice. Read the full description.

12270031_small In the first of a two part series Chris Chambers examines why The Hague has become one of the world centers for International Law. In this first program he looks at the 1899 peace conference in the city, organized by the Czar of Russia, and which led to the world?s very first international court.

To hear the full audio, sign up for a free PRX account or log in.

Also in the RN Documentaries series

Piece image

An Angel-headed Hipster's Howl (29:30)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Fifty year's after the publication of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" and its subsequent obscenity trial, poets and friends look back at its origins, impact and relevance today.
Piece image

RN Documentary: Raising Cain(e) with Mahler (29:31)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

American jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine talks about his interpretations of work by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler.
Piece image

RN Documentary: The Music of Love (Valentine's Day special) (30:59)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Seated at his Bechstein grand, concert pianist and astrologer Gary Goldschneider talks to Dheera Sujan about the music inspired by and written about love - illustrating with ...
Piece image

RN Documentary: Cavalry, Caravans and Christians: Genghis Khan and Europe's first global age (29:30)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The lasting impact of the Mongol invasions on Europe, 800 years after Genghis Khan united the Mongols into one nation.
Piece image

RN Documentary: Driving out the Filth in Zimbabwe (31:00)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

A year and a half ago, the Zimbabwean government destroyed the livelihoods of 2.5 million Zimbabweans and made 700,000 people homeless. Nothing has been done to help the victims.
Piece image

RN Documentary: Modern Day Mongolia (29:30)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Mongolia in the 21st century must choose which aspects of modernity and tradition will shape its identity in the 21st century.
Piece image

RN Documentary: Seamus Heaney: Bogging In Again (29:30)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Poet and Nobel laureate revisits dark past in response to recent wars and violence
Piece image

RN Documentary: Taming the Salt Monster (29:29)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The great swathes of the Western Australian wheatbelt were created a century ago when 1000 acres of bush were burned a day and the land became the nation?s breadbasket. ...
Piece image

RN Documentary: A Christmas Edition of The Stars of Music with Gary Goldschneider and Dheera Sujan (29:59)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Concert pianist and astrologer Gary Goldschneider talks to Dheera Sujan about the origins of Christmas music.
Piece image

RN Documentary: Durga's Court (29:29)
From: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

One woman is running a very unusual court of justice in a small Indian village where she uses folk tales, religious stories and her own common sense to bring justice to ...

Piece Description

In the first of a two part series Chris Chambers examines why The Hague has become one of the world centers for International Law. In this first program he looks at the 1899 peace conference in the city, organized by the Czar of Russia, and which led to the world?s very first international court.

Transcript

Script: Law and Peace.

Music:

FX: expectant buzz of the delegates.

Link:
May 1899. The Hague in The Netherlands. One hundred delegates from twenty-four nations have come together for three months. Diplomats rub shoulders with lawyers who sit next to generals and naval commanders. Baron de Staal, the head of the Russina delegation and the chairman of the conference stands up and begins his opening speech.

Reading:
It is not for us to enter into the domain of Utopia. In the work we are about to undertake we must consider what is possible; we must not devote ourselves to the pursuit of abstractions. Without sacrificing any of our future hopes, we must remain in the land of reality, sound its very depths, so as to lay foundations and build on a practical basis.

Link:
We must remain in the land of reality he says. But the effects of an international conflict echo far and w...
Read the full transcript

Musical Works

No music.

Related Website

http://www.radionetherlands.nl/documentaries/061004doc