Sunday, January 2, 2011

Write On! 'Local owners' postconflict

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers.)

Our colleagues at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies(prior post here), University of Leiden, seek papers for presentation at a workshop to be held May 5 and 6, 2011, at The Hague, Netherlands. (Day 1 events will be at the Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice; Day 2, at Leiden's Hague campus.)
The workshop, entitled Post-Conflict Justice and ‘Local Ownership’: Assessing the Impact of the International Criminal Court, is part of a 4-year study co-directed by IntLawGrrls' alumna Larissa van den Herik and by Carsten Stahn, with the assistance of researchers Christian De Vos and Sara Kendall. The aim is to assess the impact of ICC intervention in the countries where it has opened situations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan, and Kenya. Organizers write:

The anticipated closing of the ad hoc and hybrid tribunals, combined with the expanding jurisdiction and practice of the International Criminal Court (ICC), offers an important opportunity to step back and critically assess the social and legal impact of the ICC’s prosecutions and investigations on local populations. More research is needed as to whether and how ‘local ownership’ of the ICC can be operationalized if, indeed, it can. Given that the ICC’s jurisdiction is complementary to that of domestic legal systems, there is an acute need to revisit the modalities and timing of legal reform and international justice in light of the priorities and interests of local constituencies and actors.
Papers are invited under the following 4 themes:
► Conceptualizing the Local
► Social Impact of the International Criminal Court
► Legal Impact of the International Criminal Court
► Methods and Methodology
The many possible subtopics within each theme are detailed in the full call for papers.
Proposals for papers, which may be considered for publication in a special edition of Criminal Law Forum, should be submitted electronically no later than February 1, 2011, to Proposals should include the author’s name and full contact information, and an abstract of no more than 500 words.

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