A fly on the wall of the International Criminal Court

By Matthew Richards Bright lights, straight lines, glass booths. There’s no room for distractions when it comes to delivering international justice. Up in the viewing platform, the public watches the proceedings unfold from behind large, transparent windows. They eye the smartly dressed individuals working studiously behind banks of computers. “Microphone,” says the Judge wearily, interrupting…

A very intangible heritage

By Marijn Thijs, Ines Mette, Matthew Richards and Emily Howard A sausage roll. Clog making. Indonesian rice tables. Student societies. Mid-winter horn blowing. Four of these are recognised as fundamental aspects of Dutch culture, according to the Centre for Dutch Intangible Cultural Heritage, whilst one had to withdraw its application following reports of violence during…

Alcohol intoxication just a phone call away

By James Field, Antonella Serrecchia, Frans Snackers, Migle Vaisnoraite A technical loophole is allowing underage drinkers in the Netherlands to get alcohol delivered to their doors almost free from age checks, and delivery companies can sell free from fines. The student city of Groningen provides a telling example, with local authorities passing the buck as…