Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy partnered with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) and nine other distinguished partners from India, China, Japan and Europe to co-organize the international expert seminar "Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law" that took place at the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi on 25-26 August 2017. 

More than 30 experts analyzed foundational concepts in international criminal law, correlated the teachings of leading philosophers with the discipline, and explored the potential and limits of the discipline. The project seeks to clarify and deepen the intellectual roots of international criminal law. Such anchoring in older and more diverse schools and traditions of thought should contribute towards maturing international criminal law as a discipline, and cement the consensus around its basic building blocks. The project also aims to offer reflections on how the discipline of international criminal law should evolve further. 

Please find more information, video recordings of speeches and lectures and the detailed programme here (external link).


More than 120 persons participated in the conference, which was held at the Indian Law Institute, the leading legal research institute in India.
Speakers in the opening session included German Amb. M. Ney, Justice M.B. Lokur (Supreme Court of India), Amb. N. Singh (former Chairman of the UN International Law Commission), and Prof. S.K. Verma (Secretary-General, Indian Society of International Law)
Justice M.B. Lokur, highly respected judge of the Indian Supreme Court.
Amb. Martin Ney (former Legal Adviser of the German Ministry Foreign Affairs) elaborates on the role of the Academy.
Prof. Manoj K. Sinha, Director of the Indian Law Institute
Prof. Morten Bergsmo gives the opening lecture on the conference and research project.
Judge David Baragwanath (Special Tribunal for Lebanon) presents the 2017 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award to Amb. Narinder Singh.
Prof. Emiliano J. Buis (University of Buenos Aires), co-editor of the conference anthology
Ass. Prof. Elisabetta F. Malaspina (University of Zurich) presents on Vattel.
Dr. Milinda Banerjee (LMU Research Fellow) speaks on the topic "Towards Global Criminal Justice?".
Professor Pablo Kalmanovitz (CIDE, Mexico City) discusses Grotius.
The Norwegian philosopher Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal analyzes Bentham.
Dr. Djordje Djordjevic (UNDP) speaks on Arendt.
Ass. Professor Gregory S. Gordon (Chinese University of Hong Kong) on Foucault
Prof. Dr. Christoph Burchardt from Frankfurt University on "Normative Openness"
Ms. Shradda Dubey and Mr. Harshit Rai (Symbiosis Law School Pune) win a CILRAP Scholarship for their paper on collective security.
Ms. Pratibha Tandon wins a CILRAP Outstanding Young Scholars Award for her paper on preliminary examination of sexual violence.