The Hague is known to be the international city of peace and justice. I had no idea about how fascinating the city was and what an important role it plays in diplomacy and international law! Today, the city shelters more than 200 organizations, including the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC).
In the International Criminal Court (ICC), Costa Rica has played a leadership role as a State Party defending the international criminal justice system and the fight against impunity. Regarding disarmament, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is a space that allows our country to reiterate to the international community the condemnation of the use of chemical weapons, and at the same time promote cooperation and the use pacific of chemistry, capacity building, and the preparation of national authorities in aspects of assistance and protection. Currently, progress is being made in the construction of a new Laboratory (ChemTech) that will allow the OPCW to revitalize its ability to adapt to developments in science and technology, which will be beneficial to all Member States. In the International Court of Justice, since 2013, Costa Rica presented six cases related to its national sovereignty. The last case was settled favorably on February 2018.
The HCCH is where the International conventions are negotiated, Currently Costa Rica is a part of the following conventions:
Statute of the Hague Conference on Private International Law
Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents