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Contemporary Challenges in International Criminal Justice
April 14, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Date: 14 April 2015 (Tuesday)
Place: Staff Lounge, Level 2, Block B, NUS Bukit Timah Campus
The last two decades have witnessed the rapid emergence of international criminal justice. After 40 years of inaction following the Nuremberg-era trials, international tribunals have now been established to address crimes committed during conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia. This revolution in international law culminated in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a permanent international tribunal for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression. At the same time, contemporary armed conflicts present a number of significant challenges for international justice, from difficulties investigating crimes in conflict zones and arresting fugitives from justice, to the absence of accountability mechanisms for some of the most violent conflicts. Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will share his perspective on contemporary successes and challenges in international criminal justice, exploring how lessons from the past two decades can shed light on solutions to challenges today.