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PluriCourts Conference: Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals, 29-30 August, Oslo

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International criminal law (ICL) re-emerged onto the global stage in the 1990s in a flood of good will and optimism. Two decades later, with its honeymoon stage well behind it, states, practitioners, scholars and others are asking where we go from here. This conference will bring together a mix of practitioners and scholars from the field of international criminal justice to exchange perspectives and to suggest solutions.

The creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has failed to live up to many of the optimistic expectations that were imposed upon it, with some African states such as Namibia and South Africa taking steps to withdraw from the Rome Statute. At the same time, calls are being made for new courts and ad hoc jurisdictions to be created as a solution to atrocities and for new crimes to be added to the list of core international crimes. The processes of international criminal justice are also under scrutiny, with some asking whether international criminal courts are trying to do too much. Some see an answer in complementarity- that national courts should assume the responsibility for trying those responsible for the worst atrocities, but this too may not be the panacea it appears to be. This conference seeks to explore these controversies. It seeks practical solutions to make international criminal justice more effective and relevant as it enters a more mature stage in its development.

Full program


Key note speaker
Judge Mandiaye Niang, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)

Other speakers
Carola Lingaas, University of Oslo
Dorothy Makaza, University of Hamburg
Elinor Fry, University of Amsterdam
Franziska Oehm, University of Erlangen
Geoff Dancy, Tulane University
Hemi Mistry, University of Nottingham
Jamie Trinidad, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
Jenia I. Turner, Dedman School of Law
Joanna Nicholson, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
Kerstin Carlson, iCourts, University of Copenhagen
Kirsten Bowman, Uppsala Univeristy
Marialejandra Moreno Mantilla, Human Rights in Practice in the Hague
Marieke de Hoon, University of Amsterdam
Marina Aksenova, iCourts, University of Copenhagen
Mikkel Jarle Christensen, iCourts, University of Copenhagen
Nobuo Hayashi, PluriCourts, University of Oslo
René Provost, McGill University
Sergey Vasiliev, Leiden University
Shezad Charania, British Embassy in the Hague
Tamas Vince Adany, Peter Pazmany Catholic University
Viviane Dittrich, London School of Economics
Yvonne McDermott, Bangor University

The conference will be held at Voksenåsen hotell.

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