Wednesday, July 2, 2008

International Criminal Law - 10th Anniversary of the ICC

A conference to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2008 from 4:00-7:00pm at Southwestern Law School, 3050 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Bullock's Wilshire Tower, 2nd Floor - Corner of Westmoreland and Wilshire) .

On July 17, 1998, the nations of the world agreed on terms of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first and only permanent international criminal tribunal established to hold individuals accountable for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, including use of child soldiers, and widespread rape and mutilation used as weapons of war.

Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Judge Donald Shaver, Scott Johnson, Melanie Partow and others will discuss the challenges to international criminal justice, how the ICC works to meet those challenges, and how an end to impunity can foster peace in the world's most violent areas. 

Admission is free, but please RSVP to info@icc-alliance.org.

Hat tip to Houston Putnam Lowrey

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. The adoption of the Statute of the International Criminal Court is the most significant development of substantive international law since the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on par with the Universal Declaration, the Nuremberg trials, and the U.N. Charter itself.

. Paradoxically, however, this powerful substantive development remains largely a nominal one: its application has not reached -and may not be able to reach for a long time- those perceptibly responsible since its adoption in 1998 for the most serious war crimes and crimes against humanity, such as the presidents and prime ministers of powerful nations, nor their field commanders responsible for war criminal orders and orders to execute crimes against humankind.

. Our celebration is thus rather restrained, if hopeful, yet aware of the extraordinary potential at stake for the achievement of a meaningful world order under a law that is just and in freedom from atrocities and abuses of power.


Posted by: Leo Lovelace | Jul 9, 2008 3:50:13 PM

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