Seminar: “Reconciliation v. Accountability”

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Invitation to a Seminar on “Reconciliation v. Accountability: Balancing Interests of Peace and Justice”

Date: Friday 29 May                                                                                                                                         Time: 09:00 – 13:00                                                                                                                                 Location: Great Hall of Justice, Peace Palace, The Hague                                                                             RSVP:

The Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP), the Royal Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, Leiden University, Peking University International Law Institute, and O.P. Jindal Global University invite you to a seminar on “Reconciliation v. Accountability: Balancing Interests of Peace and Justice”The seminar concerns our understanding of the relationship between criminal justice accountability and truth and reconciliation commissions, and what our reasonable expectations of war crimes trials should be.

Judge Erik Møse (European Court of Human Rights, formerly ICTR President) will give the 2015 LI Haopei Lecture on ‘The ICTR and Reconciliation in Rwanda’, following which five other experts will discuss whether specific criminal jurisdictions for core international crimes have contributed to reconciliation and address more general questions such as:

  • Does the perceived dichotomy between reconciliation and criminal justice for core international crimes really reflect reality?
  • Or can criminal justice itself actually contribute to reconciliation in territorial states affected by atrocities?
  • If so, how can criminal justice proceedings contribute most effectively to reconciliation or unity?
  • Are there key factors or indicators that criminal jurisdictions need to meet in order to have such societal impact?
  • Does the rhetoric of dichotomy or tension between reconciliation and criminal justice serve any meaningful purpose?
  • What should be the impact on the transitional justice discourse if criminal justice can indeed itself contribute to reconciliation?

At the tail end of the seminar, the outcome of another CILRAP-project on a novel theme – the anthology ‘Military Self-Interest in Accountability for Core International Crimes’ (edited by Morten Bergsmo and SONG Tianying) – will be launched and discussed by Andrew Cayley QC and Arne Willy Dahl. Wolfgang Kaleck will then present his new book ‘Double Standards: International Criminal Law and the West’, before Mark Klamberg ends the event with remarks on the recently completed online ‘Commentary on the Law of the ICC: Statute’. Registered participants will be offered a copy of the new books at the seminar.

Attendance is free although registration is required by 15 May 2015: by 15 May 2015.Please, find the concept note and detailed programme here.

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