UNWCC Conference Day 1 - Plenary 2: Developments in International Criminal Law (I) Wed, 2013-11-27 17:19

Plenary 2: Comparing Specific Areas of Practice in International Criminal Law Then and Now (I)

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. Philip Spencer, Helen Bamber Centre, Kingston University – Reconsidering United Nations responses to the extermination of the Jews
2. William Schabas, Middlesex University – Legal contrast between the discussions on the development of an international criminal court by the UNWCC and the International Criminal Court
3. Wolfgang Form, University of Marburg – Policy on the prosecution of torture 1940s ? 2000s