International Legal Order

A strong, effective international legal order is essential for a more equitable, peaceful and prosperous world and therefore for achieving the other objectives of Dutch foreign policy. Strengthening the international legal order means not only establishing standards, but also ensuring that they are complied with. It also means, if necessary, acting against transgressors. Access to the law and the dispensation of justice are indispensable instruments in doing so. Due legal process, at both national and international level, is still far from guaranteed everywhere. Alongside existing mechanisms for settling disputes between states, however, progress is being made in developing an international system for trying individuals. The Netherlands makes a special contribution here by hosting many of the international bodies established for this purpose, such as the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.