Prohibition, Prosecution, and Prevention of Enforced Disappearances

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The Nuremberg Academy is organizing the international conference on “Prohibition, Prosecution, and Prevention of Enforced Disappearances” in cooperation with the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg at Courtroom 600 in the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, on 15 and 16 May 2020.

The conference will reflect on the importance of sanctioning and criminalizing enforced disappearances, by analyzing the concept of enforced disappearance as a human rights violation and as a crime. In light of the upcoming tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Enforced Disappearances Convention, the conference will provide a forum for leading international experts and practitioners to critically discuss what lessons can be learned from the origins, evolution, and practical experience of the concept of enforced disappearances for the advancement of the fields of human rights law and international criminal law.

Prof. Olivier de Frouville from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances will deliver the keynote address.

Confirmed speakers include:
Prof. Andrew Clapham (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies); Prof. Gabriella Citroni (TRIAL International); Dr. Rainer Huhle (Nuremberg Human Rights Center); Prof. Christoph Safferling (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg); Judge Raul Cano Pangalangan (International Criminal Court); Matt Pollard (International Commission of Jurists); Verónica Hinestroza (Independent Expert on Enforced Disappearances); Andreas Schüller (European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights); Prof. Markus Krajewski (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg); Dr. Nimalka Fernando (Office on Missing Persons Sri Lanka); Madeleine Fullard (National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa); Dr. Rosario Figari Layús (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen); Prof. Stefanie Schmahl (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg); Hassan Shire (DefendDefenders East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project); Kathryne Bomberger (International Commission on Missing Persons); María Clara Galvis Patiño (Universidad Externado de Colombia); Karla Quintana (National Commission of Search, Mexico); Dr. Grazyna Baranowska (Polish Academy of Sciences); Ana Lorena Delgadillo Pérez (Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho); Prof. Barbara Frey (University of Minnesota); Roselyn Hanzi (Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights); and Barbara Lochbihler (United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances).

(last update: March 2020)