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Wouter Werner is full professor of Public International Law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The presentation will be based on his current research following his article “Justice on Screen: A Study of Four Documentary Films on the International Criminal Court”, which was published in the Leiden Journal of International Law last year

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Date 26 October 2017
Time 15:30 - 17:00

In the past ten years or so, several documentaries on international criminal justice have been produced, shown at film festivals, and used for advocacy and educational purposes. On some occasions, artists, humanitarian organizations, and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have worked closely together in the production of documentary films. Documentaries have thus become important tools for education and the spread of imageries of international criminal justice. So far, however, international legal scholars have largely shied away from researching cinematic representations of their field. In this article, I seek to remedy this by focusing on a family of four recent influential documentaries related to the ICC: The ReckoningThe CourtProsecutor, and Watchers of the Sky. All four use similar modes of representation, narration and promotion and basically communicate the same message about the Court. My article critically analyzes how such artistic interventions have helped create specific images, stories, and sentiments.

The lecture will take place from 15:30-17:00 in room A3.01 and will be followed by a reception

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166

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