Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Go On! "Critical Approaches to ICL," in Liverpool

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

From IntLawGrrls reader Christine Schwöbel, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool School of Law & Social Justice, comes news of a Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law Conference to be held December 6-8, 2012.
Notably, the initial days of the conference will be held at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool,  England.
With respect to "a significant surge in scholarship, in institutions, and in the public debate: regarding international criminal law (which she abbreviates as ICL), Christine writes that the primary focus of this debate is the field's "contribution to projects of justice, peace, legality, addressing impunity and accountability" – with attention concentrated on the International Criminal Court. Christine, convener of this conference, continues:
Christine Schwöbel
'What is missing from the mainstream debate are the possible complicities of ICL in injustice, conflict, exclusions, and biases. In this conference, we hope to shift the debate towards such complicities and limitations in the contemporary understanding of ICL. We hope to question some of the assumptions which inform the field and which may cause injustice, conflict, exclusion and bias.'
Panels will treat an array of  topics; specifically, ICL &:
► The Political
► Its (Accepted) History
► Violence
► Critique
► Hegemony
► Neo-Liberalism
► Individualism
► Performance
Delivering the conference keynote address will be Professor Frédéric Mégret of Canada's McGill University Faculty of Law. Dozens of additional jurists will take part, from Australia, Cyprus, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, the United States, and Wales. The speakers' roster includes 2 IntLawGrrls contributors, Sara Kendall of the Grotius Centre at Leiden University and Yvonne McDermott of Bangor University
Supporting the conference are the University of Liverpool and the Institute of Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. Registration, fees, and other details available here.

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