53.1 / MASTER CLASS 2018 OF THE GEOFFREY NICE FOUNDATION ON LAW, HISTORY, POLITICS AND SOCIETY IN THE CONTEXT OF MASS ATROCITIES


POLITICAL EXPEDIENCE BEHIND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS IN POLITICAL AND LEGAL CONTEXT: A Comparative Perspective

2 – 13 July 2018   print this page

Course directors:

Nevenka Tromp, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Geoffrey Nice, Inner Temple Society, London, United Kingdom
Sonja Biserko, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Serbia, Serbia


Course description:

The MASTER CLASS’s objective is to advance a multidisciplinary approach to understanding political violence and the role of international criminal justice through exploration of legal, historical, political and sociological methodologies.

Focusing on five case studies (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT); International Criminal Court (ICC); Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL); Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC); Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office) the participants will discuss topics including (a) political circumstances that made these selected courts possible;

(b) over-prosecution and under-prosecution; (c) inside interventions in the legal process by lawyers, judges, investigators, witnesses and outside interventions in order to influence the proceedings; (d) outside interventions into the legal process; (e) politics behind rules of procedure, interim judgments, verdicts and sentencing range; (f) interplay – general or specific - between politics and justice from 1993 onwards.

* Programme offer ECTS points