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Quo Vadis? The Prosecution of Atrocity Crimes from Myanmar T

Quo Vadis? The Prosecution of Atrocity Crimes from Myanmar to Ukraine 
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 for Non-Member Lawyers | Free for Non-Lawyers and Members of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
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Recent conflicts in Myanmar, Tigray, Syria, Yemen and most recently Ukraine have prompted renewed discussions on the effectiveness of international criminal justice to deter atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide) and hold perpetrators accountable. International criminal justice has improved significantly in the past decades, as the following developments indicate: the International Criminal Court (ICC), hybrid courts such as the International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the increased involvement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in adjudicating atrocity crimes cases, the rise of domestic prosecution of these crimes under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction. However, as conflicts continue to spread and the scale of atrocities grows, it is clear that more needs to be done. Several proposals have emerged, including the creation of new tribunals, reform of the UN system and the Rome Statute of the ICC, and the codification of new crimes, among others. The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice (Vance Center) and the Global Center on the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) propose to convene a panel of international justice experts to explore how lessons learned and best practices from the last decades can inform current proposals to improve the international criminal justice system. The panel will discuss the role of international tribunals, the United Nations, domestic prosecutions, as well as legal norms such as the Responsibility to Protect, in deterring and prosecuting atrocity crimes. We will explore how these tools have been used in recent conflicts and how lessons learned and best practices from these experiences can inform accountability initiatives related to the war in Ukraine and other ongoing conflicts. 

Welcome Remarks:
Marie-Claude Jean-Baptiste, Program Director, Vance Center for International Justice

Savita Pawnday, Executive Director of Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect 

Ambassador Ivan Simonovic, Permanent Representative of Croatia to the UN, former UN Special Adviser on R2P, former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
M. Arsalan Suleman, Counsel at Foley Hoag, Counsel for The Gambia in the case Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) at the ICJ
Akila Radhakrishnan, President of the Global Justice Center
Karen Mosoti, Head of the Liaison Office of the International Criminal Court to the United Nations

Sponsoring Organization:
Vance Center for International Justice, Alexander Papachristou, Executive Director

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Council on International Affairs, Mark A. Meyer, Chair
International Human Rights, Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, Chair
International Law, Ulyana Bardyn, Chair

United Nations, Clayton T. Cheney & Catherine van Kampen, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Savita Pawnday, Executive Director

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