11th Hague Legal Symposium – International Criminal Law: Recent Developments and Challenges

09 Nov 19

09:00 — 18:00

The Hague, Netherlands

AIIC regional event

Venue:

Humanity House in Den Haag
Prinsegracht 8
2512GA The Hague
The Netherlands

Organised by
Region NETHERLANDS - Regional bureau

Programme

As the world changes, so does the law. We will discuss the existing core crimes
prosecuted under International Criminal Law (ICL), as well as recent ones and
potential additions to the list. How did the concept of core crimes come about, and
why is it useful for International Courts? We will focus on how core crimes are
implemented at trial, on important procedural issues, achievements (e.g. evolving
Case Law) and challenges. We will also consider Ecocide as a potential future crime
under ICL.

9:15 Arrival & coffee

9:45 Welcome by AIIC NL Chair Sylvie Nossereau and introduction by Maja Groff,
International Lawyer, The Hague, winner of the 2018 New Shape Prize.
Ms. Groff will introduce speakers, moderate questions and answers after presentations and wrap-up the Symposium

10:00 Judge Bertram Schmitt, Council Member of the Nuremberg Principles Academy and active Judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Specific challenges in the Trial-procedure at the ICC. Impact of blending Common Law and Civil Law: role of the Prosecutor, presentation of evidence, witness preparation and examination, testimony of the accused and victims’ participation.

11:15 Coffee break

12:00 Dov Jacobs, Assistant Professor in Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, and Trial Lawyer, Defence, ICC 

Genesis of the Crime of Aggression, and challenges in its implementation

13:15 Lunch

14:15 Iain Edwards, Barrister, Defence Counsel at IRMCT (former ICTY)

Terrorism: is terrorism a core crime? How can the STL create case law on terrorism, both in Lebanon and internationally? Why do certain national courts wish to re-qualify crimes of terrorism as crimes against humanity?

15:45 Maud Sarliève, Lawyer specialising in International Criminal Law and Lecturer at Paris X, Nanterre

Ecocide: a recent attempt to add it to crimes prosecuted at the ICC failed. As it becomes ever more urgent to protect the environment, could Ecocide become a new tool in ICL?

17:00 Wrap-up by Maja Groff, International Lawyer, The Hague, winner of the 2018 New Shape Prize


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