Upcoming Event: Human Rights Activism Through Transitional Justice, American University, Washington, D.C. 9/30/2013
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISM
Date: September 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: American, University, Washington, D.C.
Room: SIS Founders Room
For the last twenty years, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has given a voice to victims as it prosecuted those accused of grave human rights abuses in the Yugoslav conflict. The International Criminal Court (ICC), established just over ten years ago, also plays a vital role in holding violators responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. These anniversaries provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on the past and look to the future of international courts and tribunals. What were the main expectations for the ICTY? Were the expectations met? How effective was The Scholars’ Initiative in providing a safe and effective forum where these issues could be debated? How can we evaluate the ability of the ICTY, the ICC, and other international and regional justice mechanisms to hold leaders accountable for grave human rights abuses?
Join us for a multidisciplinary discussion and debate of these and other questions that shed light on transitional justice.
Ruth Wedgwood, SAIS, has long provided counsel to the ICTY prosecution and has published extensively on the topic. She is also a member of the American Society of International Law’s Task Force on the U.S. relationship to the International Criminal Court.
Belinda Cooper, World Policy Institute, is an expert on human rights and international and transitional justice. Her book, War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg, examines the legacy of the Nuremberg trials and their influence on today’s international criminal courts.
David Bosco, SIS, is the author of a forthcoming book on the ICC entitled Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics. He also served as a political analyst and journalist in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as deputy director of a joint United Nations/NATO project repatriating refugees in Sarajevo.
Julie Mertus, SIS, has published prolifically on human rights and humanitarian issues in the Balkans region. She has also written about the contribution of women to the ICTY and the role of women in transitional justice. She is a coordinator of The Scholars’ Initiative: Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies.
Panel presentations followed by small group discussion and debate.