Event information

18 May 2019, 09:00-16:00
Register start 27 April 2019
Register end 17 May 2019

Public Pleadings by LLM Students on the 2008 South Ossetian Conflict

Event

South Ossetia, Georgia, 2009: Tskhinvali. A year after the conflict that divided South Ossetians and Georgians, much of the town of Tskhinvali is still badly damaged. South Ossetia, Georgia, 2009: Tskhinvali. A year after the conflict that divided South Ossetians and Georgians, much of the town of Tskhinvali is still badly damaged.

The one-week long conflict over South Ossetia in August 2008 left lives, homes, and communities devastated, and gave rise to numerous allegations of violations of international humanitarian law (IHL). In January 2016 the International Criminal Court authorized the opening of a formal investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor into the situation.

In the framework of our LLM in IHL and Human Rights and the course on IHL given by Professor Marco Sassòli, students will plead for Russia and Georgia arguing that the side they represent has respected IHL while the adverse side has violated IHL.

In front of a jury composed of Professor Marco Sassòli and Elvina Pothelet, students (whose roles were attributed by the lot) will plead on:

  • The classification of the conflict and applicable law
  • Classification of persons and territory
  • Killing and destruction of property of ethnic Georgians
  • The use of weapons and precautionary measures during ground and air offensives
  • The targeting of persons

Registration

The public is welcome to attend the pleadings which will be performed in English and can register via this online form.

Location

Villa Moynier,120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Access

Public Transport

Tram 15, tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, bus stop Perle du Lac

Access for People with Disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info[at]geneva-academy.ch

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