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The Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes by International Criminal Courts: an Assessment of Successes and Failures


Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Time: 05:30PM - 07:30PM
Description: The American Society of International Law and the American University Washington College of Law's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are pleased to present a three-part continuing legal education (CLE) series to provide a forum for the better understanding and discussion of human rights and humanitarian law theory. In the last two decades international criminal courts such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Tribunal for Rwanda have issued judgments characterizing gender-based crimes as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, depending on the context in which the crimes had been perpetrated. On the other hand, as of today, the International Criminal Court delivered the first judgment in the Case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo in 2012, but did not consider the alleged perpetration of gender-based crimes by the defendant because the Office of the Prosecutor failed to incorporate those crimes among the charges brought against Lubanga Dyilo. Later on, the ICC accepted the inclusion of victims of sexual violence within the scope of the reparations to be awarded in this case. Furthermore, the ICC is currently considering gender-based crimes in the Katanga Case, the decision of which is forthcoming. The speakers in this panel are all experienced judges of international tribunals who participated in the decision of cases where gender-based crimes were involved. They will assess the successes and failures of these international courts to provide redress to the victims of sexual violence. Speakers: Elizabeth Odio Benito, Former Judge, International Criminal Court and Former Vice-President, ICTY Fausto Pocar, Former Judge, ICTY Moderator: Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director and Executive Vice President, The American Society of International Law
Sponsor: The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law & American Society of International Law
URL: http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hrmonth.cfm
Location: ASIL, Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC
Contact Name: Renee Lurker
Contact Phone: 202-274-4070
Contact Email: hracademy@wcl.american.edu
CLE Credit: Yes
Posted On: 05/24/13

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