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HHRJ Annual Symposium – International Criminal Courts and Tribunals: Successes and Challenges

HHRJ Annual Symposium – International Criminal Courts and Tribunals: Successes and Challenges

When: Friday, March 27th, 2015 at Harvard Law School

Sponsored by the Harvard Human Rights Journal and Advocates for Human Rights

With contributions from the Milbank Student Conference Fund

Keynote Address by Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY:
Where Has International Criminal Law Taken Us and Where Can it Go?
with introductory remarks by Alex Whiting

12:00-1:00pm, Ames Courtroom (AUS 200)

Lunch from Restaurant Associates will be served.

Panel #1:
The Laws of War: Enforcement in Human Rights versus International Criminal Courts

1:30-3:00pm, WCC 1015

This panel will feature Judge Robert Spano of the European Court of Human Rights, Nema Milaninia of the ICTY in the Appeals Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, Fergal Gaynor of the International Criminal Court Victims Division, and Professor Michael Newton from Vanderbilt Law School. Alex Whiting, former prosecutor for the ICTY and ICC, will serve as moderator. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of enforcing international humanitarian law in international criminal courts versus international human rights courts.

This panel is co-sponsored with the Harvard European Law Association. Coffee and small refreshments will be served.

Coffee Break with the Experts

3:00-4:00pm, WCC 3038

Come join our incredible speakers for a coffee break! Coffee, tea, and afternoon snacks will be served.

This coffee break is co-sponsored with Suffolk Law Humanitarian Law and Red Cross Society.

Panel #2:
Prosecuting a War: Justice for Syria?

4:00-5:30pm, WCC 1023

Syria triggers critical questions for the role of international criminal law. What system of justice will best address the atrocities that have been committed and documented by various actors throughout the conflict? National courts? An international tribunal? A hybrid model? What role should local forms of justice play in such a process? How can the lessons of past justice models inform the international community’s approach to Syria? What role should the US or other Western powers play? The panel will feature Emily Hutchinson and Jim Hooper of the Public International Law and Policy Group, and Federica D’Alessandra from the Harvard Kennedy School. All three panelists have been involved in Syria fact-finding missions, and Ms. Hutchinson and Mr. Cooper have participated in negotiations with key members of the moderate coalition. Susan Farbstein from the Harvard Human Rights Program will moderate the panel.

Coffee and small refreshments will be served.

Wine and Cheese Reception

5:30pm onwards, HLS Pub

Come join us for closing drinks!

This reception is co-sponsored with Suffolk Law Humanitarian Law and Red Cross Society.

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