International Criminal Justice System at a Crossroads


  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•06•07    14:00 - 16:30

    The UNU-ISP symposium “International Criminal Justice System at a Crossroads” will examine the evolution and challenges of the international criminal justice system, and its relationship to and impact on domestic accountability, truth and reconciliation processes in conflict-prone and post-conflict countries. The keynote speaker will be Masatoshi Sugiura, Director of the International Peace Cooperation Office, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan.

    The international criminal justice system was developed to investigate war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, and to prosecute individual perpetrators for the commission of these crimes. From the international tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia, to the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and “hybrid” tribunals, the international criminal justice has confronted considerable challenges. Issues of complementarity, temporal jurisdiction, due process, the granting of immunities and the selectivity of prosecution interact to paint a web of complexity that is both academically challenging and rich a policy dilemma. The symposium will address these important issues.

    Mr. Sugiura’s keynote speech will be followed by comments from Dr. Vesselin Popovski (UNU-ISP) and Prof. Yasushi Higashizawa (Meiji Gakuin University), and a discussion session moderated by Prof. Sukehiro Hasegawa (Hosei University).

    This symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration (by 6 June) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration form.

    Please note that this event will be conducted in English; Japanese-language interpretation will not be provided.

    For more details, please visit the UNU-ISP website.


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