25 May 2018, 12:15-14:00
Register start 7 May 2018
Register end 24 May 2018
The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been a decisive milestone in the emergence of a culture of accountability for international crimes. It has set new standards for victim’s participation, and has pronounced landmark judgments on command responsibility, the use of child soldiers, crimes of sexual violence and the destruction of cultural property. As of 17 July 2018, the Court will be able to exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. Yet, the lack of cooperation by states in the execution of arrest warrants, the geographical imbalance of cases and the lack of jurisdiction over conflicts like the one in Syria equally form part of the Court’s history.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the Geneva Academy and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) invite you to a panel discussion. It shall provide an opportunity to reflect on the Court’s challenges and ways to address them. In particular, the panelists will talk about how the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions in Geneva can contribute to the work of the Court.
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The IHL Talks are a new series of events, hosted by the Geneva Academy, on international humanitarian law and current humanitarian topics. Every two months at lunchtime, academic experts, practitioners, policy makers and journalists discuss burning humanitarian issues and their regulation under international law.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, this IHL Talk, co-organized with the the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), reflected on the Court’s challenges and ways to address them. Panelists also discussed how the UN Human Rights Council and other institutions in Geneva can contribute to the work of the Court.
Sahar Ammar is a Project Associate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) department of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) in Geneva. In this interview, she tells about the programme and what it brought to her career.
Ezequiel Heffes works as a Thematic Legal Adviser at Geneva Call, a humanitarian NGO that engages armed non-State actors to increase their level of compliance with humanitarian norms. In this interview, he tells about the programme and what it brought to his career.
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