16 October 2023, 16:00-17:30
Register start 8 September 2023
Register end 15 October 2023
International criminal justice is still reflexively associated with high-profile international cases, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s recent arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin. However, whether it be in Ukraine, Colombia or the Democratic Republic of Congo, national courts now prosecute far more suspects for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Not only does the ICC play a backup role in these and many other countries, but its track record of just a handful of convictions over a twenty-year period stands in stark contrast to the former tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, which prosecuted hundreds of cases in the same amount of time.
How did domestic accountability come to eclipse the dream of international criminal tribunals? And what are the effects of this shift from international to domestic trials for the global fight against impunity? In his new book, International Criminal Tribunals and Domestic Accountability. In The Court’s Shadow, Patryk Labuda examines the causes, rationales and consequences of the complementarity turn – a paradigm shift toward national trials as the ultima ratio or end goal of international criminal justice. While domestic justice is now celebrated as superior to proceedings in The Hague, Labuda encourages us to reflect more critically on the cliché that ‘the future of international criminal justice is domestic’, and points to the ongoing debates over the interplay of domestic, international and hybrid trials in Ukraine as evidence that the merits and drawbacks of both international and national accountability initiatives require further study.
Join the author in conversation with Michelle Jarvis, Deputy Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria, and Kate Gibson, Defence Counsel before various international criminal tribunals, including the ICC.
In this blog post, Patryk Labuda presents his book's arguments.
This book launch will be followed by drinks and the book will be on sale.
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The ‘Voices from the Ground’ series provided a platform for our students to interact with practitioners and activists who contribute to transitional justice (TJ) everyday making.
For the 2023–2024 academic year, we offer 16 online short courses covering legal issues and topics relevant to armed conflicts.
This online short course examines and discusses the main criminal jurisdictions fostering individual legal accountability for international crimes.
This online short course reviews the origins of international criminal law, its relationship with the international legal order including the UN Security Council and its coexistence with national justice institutions. The scope of international crimes – genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression – is considered alongside initiatives to expand or add to these categories.