Corporation and Endowment Host Yale Global Constitutionalism Seminar in Holland

At the invitation of Carnegie Corporation and the Carnegie Endowment, the annual Yale Global Constitutionalism Seminar met this year at the Peace Palace in The Hague. It was the first time the prestigious seminar, which gathers the world’s leading jurists to freely and confidentially discuss the most important legal issues of the day, has met outside of New Haven, Connecticut.

Those in attendance at this year’s seminar included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; Geert Corstens, president of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands; Robert Post, dean of Yale University’s law school; and other prominent international jurists and scholars.  The Yale Global Constitutionalism Seminar is part of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights at Yale University.

The seminar, which this year addressed Law’s Borders, was preceded by a half-day scholarly discussion of Andrew Carnegie’s Legacy in an Age of Insecurity.  Participants included Ghassan Salamé, Paris School of International Affairs and Sciences-Po; Hew Strachan, All Souls College, University of Oxford; The Honourable Louise Arbour, International Crisis Group; Phakiso Mochochoko, Head of the Jurisdiction, International Criminal Court; Adam Roberts, British Academy; and David Nasaw, City University of New York.

The Peace Palace in The Hague was built by Andrew Carnegie as a symbol of his faith in the ultimate realization of achieving the goal of world peace, to which he dedicated much of his philanthropy.  The complex is home to a number of international judicial institutions, including the International Court of Justice, or World Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Peace Palace Library, as well as The Hague Academy of International Law. The Palace, the premises on which it stands, and the Library are the property of the Carnegie Stichting (the Netherlands).