Punishing International Crimes at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals

27 November 2018
The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka)
19:00 - 21:00
lecture in Moscow
The lecture is of interest for:
Are you studying international criminal law and would like to know more about how international criminal proceedings are conducted in international courts? Would you like to know more about the dilemmas and difficulties facing modern international justice? The lecture will give you to these any other questions.
The wider public
Media usually provides extensive coverage of major international trials, but an average person is unlikely to know about details of these proceedings, how and why decisions regarding the punishment of criminals are made. This lecture will give you an opportunity to learn more about such trials and the challenges international judicial system faces.
Do you work in the field of law and justice and international criminal law? This lecture gives you an opportunity to learn more about modern research in this area and share your experience.
Researchers and professors
If your research interests are related to international criminal law, it might be interesting to join the lecture and learn more about latest Dutch research in this field and discuss it with a colleague from the Netherlands.
About the lecture
Lecture will be in English without translation
According to the World Health Organisation, during the 20th century, an estimated 191 million people lost their lives because of collective violence. International crimes, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, are a form of collective, systematic violence, usually perpetrated within periods of power struggles, armed conflicts, or state repressions. International crimes are political and ideological. They entail widespread mortality and victimisation, extensive destruction, as well as long-lasting societal trauma that may take generations to heal. How to deal with perpetrators of such international mass atrocity crimes? How to satisfy their victims? How to rebuild shattered societies?

In this lecture, Barbora will take stock of international criminal justice in the past two decades. She will discuss how the various international courts and tribunals have punished perpetrators of international crimes. What have their goals been, what crimes have they dealt with, who have they tried, and with what effects? To what extent has international punishment of a select number of perpetrators satisfied victims and affected communities? Has justice been done, and seen to be done? Answering these questions might give us a sober overview of the limits, restraints and complexities of the international criminal justice system. International criminal courts and tribunals have set ambitious goals, promised to end impunity for international crimes, satisfy victims and raised high expectations.

Complex international crimes, however, have led to complex trials, which have been selective, often excessively long, conducted in challenging political environments and detached from victim communities. By comparing aspirations of international criminal justice to its realities and contrasting its achievements and challenges, what lessons can we draw and what is the future of international criminal justice?
Barbora Hola
Barbora Hola works as a Senior Researcher at The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and as an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University of Amsterdam. She has an interdisciplinary focus and studies transitional justice after atrocities, in particular (international) criminal trials, sentencing of international crimes, rehabilitation of war criminals and life after trial at international criminal tribunals. Besides her research and teaching in the Master's programme International Crimes and Criminology at VU Amsterdam, Barbora is a co-director of the Center for International Criminal Justice, a knowledge center dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of mass atrocity crimes and international criminal justice. On the international level, Barbora is a member of the Africa-Low Countries Network and a board member of the European Society of Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice. In 2017, Barbora was one of the four candidates who received the prestigious 'WISE' (Women in Science Excel) fellowship from the Dutch Organization for a Scientific Research to develop her research line on empirical studies of international criminal and transitional justice after atrocities.
Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 19:00
Gazetnyi pereulok, 5, room 512
Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka)
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