Summary of Hague l (2009)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

From left: Professor Nico Schrijver, Dean Bruce Smith, John Hagan, Judge Theodor Meron, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen, Judge Navanethem Pillay, Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo; all participants in the Colloquium on Sexual Violence as International Crime. Photo by Martijn van Dam


Keynote Addresses: 

  • Keynote Address by Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:

"At the outset, let me say that I am heartened by the progress made so far regarding the prosecution of sexual violence. The jurisprudence and methodology developed by international justice mechanisms, as well as national tribunals or regional courts, has made great strides. Yet we are still wanting in our capacity to fully describe, understand and address the real experience of sexual violence from the victim's perspective..."

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  • Keynote Address by Luis MorenoOcampo, International Criminal Court Prosecutor:

 "My Office is a part of a new system to end impunity. We have launched our investigation into incidents of sexual violence in the Kivus, in the DRC. The mandate of the ICC is to go up the chain of command to those most responsible, to those who ordered and financed the violence; as for the midlevel perpetrators, for the executioners, we need to empower the local courts and we are collaborating with the DRC authorities to build dossiers for domestic proceedings...."

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Press Releases: 

  •  Social Science Research Seen to Play Key Role in Building Institutions of International Criminal Law   

    June 22, 2009 (Conference Wrap Up)

At an International Colloquium on Sexual violence as International Crime, U.N. High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay told judges, prosecutors and officials from international courts and social scientists to “bear in mind that for sixty years we had nothing, no mechanism for international justice.” In just fifteen years, she said, there has been tremendous development.

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  • ICC Prosecutor and U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights: The World Community Denies Severity of Rape as a War Crime

    June 17, 2009 (End of Day 1)

In a rare joint appearance at an international conference on sexual violence and international law, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Luis Moreno- Ocampo, agreed that international criminal law does not yet have the teeth to protect women in war.

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  • World Experts To Convene Conference On Sexual Violence As International Crime

    Media Advisory, June 15, 2009

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Summary & Notes of Events

Guests and participants of Sexual Violence as International Crime, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Evidence at the closing ceremony on June 18, 2009 on the steps of the Peace Palace, The Hague. Photo by Martijn van Dam

 

 

17 June, 2009: 

Working Group A: 

  • Chair: John Hagan, Northwestern University and Center on Law and Globalization Co-Director
  • Resource Persons: Renée Römkens, The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), Tilburg University & Maxine Marcus, ICTY
  • FULL SUMMARY

 Working Group B:

  • Chair: Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School and Center on Law and Globalization Co-Director
  • Resource Person: Binaifer Nowrojee, Open Society Institute
  • FULL SUMMARY

Working Group C: 

  • Chair: Charlotte Ku, University of Illinois and Center on Law and Globalization Co-Director 
  • Resource Persons: Wanda Akin, International Justice Project & Brenda Hollis, Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • FULL SUMMARY

  

18 June, 2009: 

Working Group 1: Prosecuting Sexual Crimes and Transitional Justice

  • Co-Chairs: Larissa van den Herik, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University & Carsten Stahn, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Campus The Hague, Leiden University
  • Speaker: Patricia Viseur Sellers, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: International Prosecution of Sexual Violence: General Introduction
  • Speaker: Dianne Luping, International Criminal Court: International: Prosecution of Sexual Violence: The International Criminal Court
  • Speaker: Liesbeth Zegveld, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University: Domestic Prosecution of Sexual Violence: The Experience from Dutch Court
  • Speaker: Sofia Candeias, REJUSCO Program on Gender and Sexual Violence: Domestic Prosecution of Sexual Violence: The Experience from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • FULL SUMMARY

Working Group 2: The Importance of Creating Awareness

  • Chair: Anne-Marie Brouwer, The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), Tilburg University
  • Speaker: Usta Kaitesi - National University Rwanda
  • Speaker: Ana Uzelac – CARE Netherlands
  • Speaker: Katy Glassborow – Institute for War & Peace Reporting
  • FULL SUMMARY

 


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