Nuremberg Forum 2023 “Legally Undeniable: Criminalising Genocide Denial”


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is organising the Nuremberg Forum 2023 from 19 to 21 October 2023 at the historic Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, with the possibility of online participation.

Genocide denial is more prevalent than ever and continues to pose severe challenges to accountability efforts and post-conflict societies. Through the refusal and negation of historical facts and the circumstances surrounding the perpetration of genocide, denial can contribute to the cultivation of hatred, societal instability, threats against vulnerable groups or even the repetition of atrocities.

The Nuremberg Forum 2023 will address the timely topic of genocide denial, by exploring denialism as a concept and in context, what it is, how it manifests itself and how to regulate it. With regard to genocide denial the main focus will be on the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and the Srebrenica massacre. Experts will assess what multilateral and national efforts have been undertaken to address genocide denial, including prevention and punishment. Special attention will also be on legal responses to denial including relevant jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals related to speech crimes such as incitement to commit genocide, with particular focus on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

The conference will be particularly relevant to practitioners, academics and students in international criminal law, transitional justice, human rights law, public international law, political science, history and philosophy.

The Nuremberg Forum is the main annual international conference organised by the Nuremberg Academy every year in October. The Forum brings together leading experts, practitioners and scholars, policymakers and civil society by providing a forum for dialogue and a spotlight on contemporary topics in international criminal law. We especially welcome young scholars, experts and practitioners to take part in the discussions.

The Nuremberg Forum is open to the public. Prior registration is required. Further details regarding registration and the conference programme will be available in due course.

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