Saturday, May 26, 2012

Go On! National courts/intlaw crimes @ Amsterdam

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

Amsterdam's historic Trippenhuis, the permanent headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, will be the site of a conference on a subject about which frequently post, most recently here and here.
The conference, titled Pluralism v. Harmonization: National Adjudication of International Crimes,will be held this June 14 and 15.
Speakers will examine international criminal law "fragmentation at the international and national level," write organizers, including our colleague, Professor Elies van Sliedregt (below right), Dean of the Faculty of Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The program promises many distinguished speakers in addition to Elies and her law faculty colleague Barbora Holá; among them, Andrew Cayley, International Co-Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and Dr. Sarah Nouwen, University Lecturer in Law and Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre and Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, England.
Topics to be addressed:
► To what extent is harmonizing international criminal law desirable, or even realistic? How does a pluralistic approach contribute?
► How to deal with the tension between collective action and individual responsibility when prosecuting international crimes?
► To what extent does the principle of complementarity as laid down in Article 17 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court require adherence to international standards; does this also affect procedural law, in particular domestic laws of evidence?
► Given fact-finding impediments and evidentiary challenges when dealing with core international crimes, can national courts be of guidance to international criminal tribunals; or vice versa?
Details here; program here.
Register here before the June 4 deadline.

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