About the event
This discussion follows the launch of the 2019 Annual Report on Universal Jurisdiction #UJAR: Make way for Justice #5 Evidentiary Challenges in Universal Jurisdiction Cases, published annually by TRIAL International, FIDH (The International Federation for Human Rights), REDRESS, the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights and FIBGAR.
The report highlights how universal jurisdiction is increasingly used all around the world to ensure accountability and justice for victims of serious international crimes. In 2018, national authorities examined cases involving 149 named suspects in 15 countries, illustrating how universal jurisdiction can fill an accountability gap that international courts cannot address alone.
The event will highlight some of the findings and conclusions of the 2019 UJAR Report and will offer an insight into the challenges and opportunities that stakeholders face when presenting and investigating universal jurisdiction cases. The discussion will explore more closely how universal jurisdiction is being used to fight against impunity for the commission of international crimes in Syria.
Moderator and panelists
The panel will be moderated by Dr. Frederiek de Vlaming (UvA War Reparations Centre, the Nuhanovic Foundation and Syria Legal Network-NL), and will include the following panelists: Rupert Skilbeck, REDRESS; Bénédict de Moerloose, TRIAL International; Clémence Bectarte, FIDH; Christian Ritscher, Federal Public Prosecutor, German War Crimes Unit; Almoutassim AL Kilani, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression.
The event aims at raising the profile of universal jurisdiction and seeks to bring together key stakeholders in the Netherlands, including diplomats, representatives from international institutions, practitioners, academia, civil society and diaspora groups as well as the media.
The event will take place from 16.00 to 18.00 hrs at Amsterdam Law School, building REC A, room A3.01.
Registration & questions
Room University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Building A, Room 3.01Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam
16:00-17:00 Panel Discussion: Moderated by Dr. Frederiek de Vlaming
- Rupert Skillbeck, Director of REDRESS
- Bénédict de Moerloose, Head of Investigations and Criminal Law Division, TRIAL International
- Clémence Bectarte, FIDH’s Litigation Action Group
- Christian Ritscher, Federal Public Prosecutor, German War Crimes Unit
- Mazen Darwish, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
17:00-17:45 Discussion and Q&A
This event is part of the UvA International Criminal Law Lecture Series