WCRO ANNOUNCEMENTS

Apply for the 2017 Summer Law Program in The Hague!

The WCRO held an info session on the Summer Law Program in The Hague on October 19th. You can watch video of the session here. For more information and to access the application, please visit the program page for more information, or email hagueprogram@wcl.american.edu with any questions.

Ayotzinapa and Beyond: Towards Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Mexico - November 1

On Tuesday, November 1, the WCRO and the Open Society Justice Initiative hosted a panel discussion of the Open Society Justice Initiative's new report, Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes Against Humanity in Mexico, based on over three years of research together with five Mexican partner organizations. The panel discussed the report's findings that a reasonable basis to believe that both Mexican federal forces and cartels have perpetrated murder, enforced disappearances, and torture on a widespread and systemic scale - amounting to crimes against humanity - and makes important recommendations for reforming the country's criminal justice system. Video of the session is available here.

The War Crimes Research Office, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Women and the Law Program Receive Bellagio Award from the Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded the War Crimes Research Office, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Women and the Law Program with a prestigious Bellagio Award to host a convening entitled Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict or Mass Repression in Latin America. The programs are grateful for the support of the Rockefeller Foudation as we undertake this important work, and look forward to the convening, which will assess needs for training, collaboration, and resources across the region to improve access to justice for victims. Click here to read more.

In Case You Missed It: Introduction to the WCRO

The WCRO hosted its introductory session for the 2016-2017 academic year on Wednesday, August 31, which covered opportunities available to students, including: the War Crimes Speaker Series; Dean's Fellowships; volunteering; the Summer Law Program in The Hague; and international criminal and humanitarian law competitions. If you could not make the session but would like to know more about what we do, you can watch video of the session here. You can also email us at warcrimes@wcl.american.edu or stop by suite Y110.

Celebrating 20 Years of the WCRO

The WCRO thanks our cosponsors at the American Red Cross, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, PluriCourts of the University of Oslo, and the American Society of International Law, our 34 excellent speakers, and all who attended our conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes: Exploring the Intersections between International and Domestic Justice Efforts, in celebration of our 20th anniversary, as well as everyone at WCL who supported the success of this event. You can view photos from the event on our Facebook page. Full conference information is available here. Archived streams are available of all six panels and the keynote below:

Prosecutors Panel: "What do we need for Complementarity to Work?"

"A Critical Overview of Domestic and Hybrid Justice Efforts: What Works Best?"

"Lessons Learned from External Engagement in Domestic or Hybrid Justice Efforts"

Keynote: David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice

"Complementarity and Gender Justice"

"Building a Credible and Legitimate International Justice System"

"Practical Guidance for Constructive Engagement between International and Domestic Justice Practitioners"

Launch of the WCRO's 19th report of the ICC Legal Analysis and Education Project

On Friday, November 20th, 2015, during the 14th Assembly of States Parties meeting in The Hague, War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto launched the WCRO's 19th report of the ICC Legal Analysis and Education project, entitled The Confirmation of Charges Process at the International Criminal Court: A Critical Assessment and Recommendations for Change. She was joined by ICC President Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi for a panel moderated by Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The full report is available here.

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