UNWCC Conference Day 1 - Plenary 1: Historical Perspective Wed, 2013-11-27 17:14

Plenary 1: Historical Perspective – A Focus on Select UNWCC Member States and their Representatives.

This two day conference, chaired by Justice Richard Goldstone, marked the 70th anniversary of a forgotten initiative in operation from 1943 to 1948 and evaluate the potential contribution of the Commission?s work to contemporary efforts for international criminal justice and human rights advocacy.

With a focus on the key issues discussed by the Commission and addressed by member nations through their national trials, the conference examined themes including the prosecution of sexual violence, torture, crimes against humanity and collective responsibility. Justice Richard Goldstone will opened the conference with a keynote address and confirmed speakers included internationally-respected human rights law expert William Schabas, and Mark Ellis, Director of the International Bar Association.

The conference was hosted by CISD and the International Bar Association, with the generous support of the Oak Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and in cooperation with the Wiener Library, American University War Crimes Research Office, and the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights.

In this podcast:
1. Kerstin von Lingen, Heidelberg – The Representation of the Exile Governments on the UNWCC
2. Wen-Wei Lai, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP – China?s role in the UNWCC
3. Graham Cox, University of North Texas – Herbert Pell and the UNWCC
4. Chris Simpson, American University – The United States and the UNWCC
5. Dan Plesch, SOAS – British involvement with the UNWCC