21 March 2023, 18:00-20:00
Register start 6 March 2023
Register end 21 March 2023
Benoît Peyrucq / équipe ProMeTe
Although criminal trials are primarily designed to repress individual acts, a new role has been emerging in the era of jihadist trials prosecuted in France. We can observe that criminal trials become a ‘forum’ giving voice to different actors in order to reconstruct a socio-historical phenomenon in all its complexity, as in truth commissions. These trials, and in particular the so-called ‘historical’ trials, such as the Bataclan trial, become a space where the defendants present their path to radicalization, the victims relate their trauma and expectations, the experts situate the phenomenon in a political, social and medical context, and the police and security services expose their work but also their difficulties. The rich narratives exposed by the different stakeholders, and most notably by the victims, are at the centre of this organic process, which is constantly developed by the actors themselves. Indeed, the larger the trial, the more we go beyond the initial objective of establishing only individual responsibility.
Since 2017, Professor Sharon Weill has been examining with a multidisciplinary research group the role of French judges as transnational actors in the ‘fight against terrorism’ as well as the transformation of legal systems in the face of transnational jihadism. In this event, Professor Sharon Weill will discuss the results of her research conducted in French courts and will highlight the lesson that can be drawn for the work of the International Criminal Court.
As an Associate at the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Persons Deprived of Liberty Unit, Hiran Geeganage supports the development of a methodology for monitoring and reporting on the institution’s detention activities. In this interview, he tells about the programme, fond memories and what it brought to his career.
During a workshop on the application and potential misuse of new and emerging digital technologies, including in law enforcement and the management of peaceful assemblies, academics, law enforcement professionals, human rights lawyers and representatives from international organizations and civil society focused on how best human rights can be protected.
This initiative wishes to contribute to better and more coordinated implementation, reporting and follow-up of international human rights recommendations through a global study on digital human rights tracking tools and databases.