This seminar, organized in cooperation with the Permanent Missions of Estonia, Azerbaijan and Finland to the United Nations, aims to provide strategic support for capacity building and knowledge sharing for diplomats, delegates and UN Staff who cover international criminal law issues at the United Nations. This seminar will specifically focus on the International Criminal Court and the Residual Mechanism for the International Tribunals for Rwanda and the former-Yugoslavia.
In the history of international criminal law, 2012 will represent a pivotal year in terms of precedence and jurisprudence. On 1 July this year, the International Residual Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals will come into being, heralding the end of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for former-Yugoslavia. On the same day, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will celebrate the tenth anniversary of its entry into force. Further, the Special Court for Sierra Leone found former Liberian President Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity on 26 April 2012. These three events show how far the international community has come in the last ten years, but also show a clear trend away from costly ad hoc tribunals to the use of the ICC as the only permanent international criminal tribunal for the worst crimes under international criminal law. There is also a great interest in the broader topic of the Rule of Law, which will be the focus of a high-level meeting before the opening of the 67th General Assembly.
At the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:
The workshop will be divided into four sessions: (I) Background and history; (II) International Criminal Law in context: human rights, international humanitarian law and transitional justice; (III) The Security Council and International Criminal Law; and (IV) The International Criminal Court: Issues and practice.
Combining a participatory and practice-oriented approach, the workshop will include brief presentations and panel discussions, as well as interactions with the audience through Q & A sessions. The workshop will be held in English and organized over a full day, led by experts and practitioners in the respective fields.
This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. This training would prove particularly useful for new members of the Security Council due to this organ’s pivotal role when it created the ad hoc tribunals and, on two occasions, referred situations to the International Criminal Court. UN staff and interested representatives of non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector are also welcome to attend. Applicants are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment.
The seminar will be held in Conference Room E (NLB) on 8 June 2012 from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.