Power in International Criminal Justice: Towards a Sociology of International Justice


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy co-organized an international expert seminar on the "Power in International Criminal Justice: Towards a Sociology of International Justice" in Florence on 28-29 October 2017, in co-operation with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) and five other eminent partners from China, Europe, India and the United States.  

This research project seeks to advance a new discipline of sociology of international criminal justice. Sociology of law has made indispensable contributions to our understanding of the administration of justice, law-making processes, and the relationship between law, justice and power in several domestic legal systems. Such knowledge-generation can increase acceptance of a legal system’s role, expose its weaknesses, and drive improvement. A responsible discourse invites greater transparency that can, in turn, foster higher standards of integrity in international criminal jurisdictions, enhance quality in their recruitment, and increase institutional legitimacy. International criminal justice has come of age after more than two decades of comprehensive international practice. The field is now sufficiently mature – the institutions have had adequate time to grow into their mandates and roles – for scholars to forge a proper sub-discipline of sociology of international criminal justice where the behaviour of relevant institutions and other actors is analysed.
You find the detailed project concept note and programme here (external link).


Photos below by CILRAP


Program and Concept Note "Power in International Criminal Justice" Conference
Short program "Power in International Criminal Justice" Conference
The conference took place in the Salone Poccetti in Istituto degli Innocenti in Florence.
ICC Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut addressed the conference on three occasions.
Director Patrick Keuleers (United Nations Development Programme) opening the conference.
Dr. Christopher B. Mahony (CILRAP Research Fellow), one of the project co-ordinators.
Professor Morten Bergsmo (Director, CILRAP) gave the conference keynote.
Dr. Viviane Dittrich (Deputy Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy) presented a paper.
Professor Joachim J. Savelsberg (University of Minnesota), leading sociologist of law.
Dr. Kjersti Lohne (University of Oslo), also a project co-ordinator.
Professor Gregory S. Gordon (Chinese University of Hong Kong) delivered a conference summary.
Dr. William H. Wiley (Director, Centre for International Justice and Accountability)
Dr. Alexander Heinze (Göttingen University)
Lecturer Susan R. Lamb (Deakin Law School)
Associate Professor Mikkel Jarle Christensen (Copenhagen University)
Judges Baragwanath and Perrin de Brichambaut with Deputy Director Dr. Dittrich and Prof. Bergsmo
The CILRAP conference team with the two judges
Professor Bergsmo with Judges Baragwanath and Perrin de Brichambaut
Drs. Mahony and Djordje Djordjevic and Director Patrick Keuleers, all UNDP, with the two Judges and Prof. Bergsmo
The Prosecutor and Registrar of the ICT Bangladesh, with the two Judges and Prof. Bergsmo
Dr. Barrie Sander (FGV Direito Rio)
Researcher Sarah-Jane Koulen (Princeton University)
Dr. Marina Aksenova using Dante
Judge W.D. Baragwanath presenting on terrorism and norm-resistance
Researcher Sara Paiusco (Trento University)
Researcher Jacopo Governa (Verona University)
Dr. Djordje Djordjevic (UNDP, a co-organizer of the conference)
Senior Lecturer Jackson N. Maogoto (University of Manchester)
Researcher Mayesha Alam (Yale University)
Dr. Christopher J. Tenove (University of Toronto)
Assistant Professor Emma Irving (Leiden University)