Friday, November 6, 2015

Lauterpacht Centre Lecture: Judicial Law-Making at the International Criminal Courts

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Judicial Law-Making at the International Criminal Courts: Experimenting with General Principles of Law' by Dr Neha Jain, Friday, 13 November 2015 - 1:00pm

Dr. Neha Jain, a professor at the University of Minnesota, will speak on how reliance on general principles of law as the primary gap-filling mechanism in the arsenal of international criminal courts is deeply problematic. Far from yielding a consistent, clear rule, the interpretation and application of general principles has been fitful, contradictory, and often misguided. She will argue that reliance on comparative surveys of municipal legal rules to derive general principles is incoherent and does not satisfy the criteria of formal or material validity. She will urge tribunals to pay greater attention to other sources of international criminal law, especially treaties, to help alleviate the problem of gaps in international criminal law.

The event is at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. Call 01223 335 358 for more information about how to attend the program.


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