Documenting and Prosecuting Mass Attrocities

1 – 13 July 2019   print this page

Course directors:

Nevenka Tromp, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Geoffrey Nice, Inner Temple Inn, London, United Kingdom
Sarah Son, Institute for Transitional Justice , Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Course description:

Since 2014 the Geoffrey Nice Foundation has held annual master classes at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik in Croatia on mass atrocities and various aspects of international law. The 2019 Master Class will focus first on the critical role that mapping atrocities and their subsequent investigation has in bringing war criminals to trial and then on the prosecution of the gravest of the world’s crimes:

1. Mapping of human rights abuses and mass atrocities – this topic will explore the use of geospatial mapping in documentation, advocacy and international criminal justice. The case studies will include mapping projects on the grave human rights abuses in Iran, North Korea, Syria and Myanmar.

2. Documenting human rights abuses of mass atrocities before, during and after the conflict. Can NGOs and international organisations compel governments and international criminal courts to act based on overwhelming evidence of crimes being documented by independent and impartial research groups? The seven case studies are listed below.

3. Prosecuting mass atrocities and grave human rights abuses as war crimes has been happening in recent times but only since creation in 1993 of the two ‘Ad Hoc Tribunals’ for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia. Despite the existence of a permanent international criminal court (ICC) since 2002, the number of prosecutions lags way behind the realities on the ground of international crimes that really need to be investigated and prosecuted. Do exercises of mapping and documenting mass atrocities succeed in getting indictments laid and prosecutions brought at international criminal courts of individuals responsible for the commission of crimes? Do criminal trials become valuable documentation centres for those who seek for different sorts of justice from what retributive justice can offer. The case studies include the analysis of the International Criminal Court for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Extraordinary Chambers on the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

Course lecturers:

Sunčana Roksandić Vidlička, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Geoffrey Nice, Inner Temple Inn, London, United Kingdom
Nevenka Tromp, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kaylee Uland, The 88 Project, United States
Amin Shadi, Justice for Iran, Germany
Hamid Sabi, Sabi Associates, United Kingdom
Shadi Sadr, Justice for Iran, United Kingdom
Sarah Son, Institute for Transitional Justice , Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Regina Paulose, N/A, United States
Kyan Win, Burma Human Rights Network, United Kingdom
Benedict Rogers, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, United Kingdom
Sonja Biserko, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights Serbia, Serbia
Robert Muharremi, Rochester Institute of Technology Kosovo, Kosovo
Aarif Sarigat Abraham, Garden Court North/ Accountability Unit, United Kingdom