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The third annual Bertha von Suttner Master Class will occur June 14-15th 2016, at the Peace Palace, The Hague. The commemorative lecture will occur on the evening of June 16th in the Great Hall of Justice, Peace Palace.

You may register for one day and the commemorative lecture (fee: $75.00) or both days and the commemorative lecture (fee: $150).

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The 2016 Master Class will focus on the the first ever English translation of Bertha von Suttner’s 1912 essay, ‘
Die Barbarisierung Der Luft’ (‘The Barbarization of the Sky’), which will be released in the summer of 2016. This publication marks the 20th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s historic 1996 Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons. In 2016, the Court will build on this jurisprudence as it considers whether the failure of the nuclear weapon states to enter into multilateral negotations aimed at nuclear disarmanent violates the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The NPT obliges signatories to enter into multilateral negotiations aimed at nuclear disarmament. The Marshall Islands, the site of U.S. Nuclear testing between 1946 and 1958, has filed suit against a number of signatories to the NPT, alleging that they are in violation of the NPT because they have failed to comply with this duty to negotiate.

At the end of the class, students will have an enrinched understanding of the interplay amongst technology, warfare, humanitarian norms and international law - themes that Bertha von Suttner addressed time and time again in her pre World War I writings.

In 2014, the centenary of Bertha von Suttner’s death, the Bertha von Suttner Project began organizing "Master Classes” on Bertha von Suttner's life and legacy in the historic Japanese Room at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The archive of the 2016 Master Class is available here

The archive of the 2015 Master Class is available here.

The archive of the 2014 Master Class is available here.