Nuremberg Forum 2017


In June 2007, high-ranking UN mediators, practitioners in the fields of transitional justice, criminal law and development, as well as civil society representatives from all parts of the world met in Nuremberg at a ground-breaking conference (“Building Peace and Justice”), organized by the Governments of Finland, Germany and Jordan as well as several civil society institutions (notably ICTJ and CMI), to analyze the synergies and tensions between the goals that need to be tackled in post-conflict situations: peace and security, justice, and (social) development. The conference decided to summarize its main findings in the “Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice” that was on the agenda of the UN General Assembly and the ICC Review Conference.

Ten years later, several trends can be observed: mechanisms to apply international criminal law (ICL) have multiplied and a considerable wealth of judicial practice has accumulated; at the same time, the global political context has changed, new crises have unfolded, and some fundamental tenets, spelled out in the Nuremberg Principles and in the agenda of the 2007 conference, are still not generally accepted, notably the avoidance of impunity, the need to promote peace, security, justice and development in tandem, and the need to involve victims in the quest for peace and justice as the bases for societies’ efforts to deal with the past and to achieve well-being for all.

In the Nuremberg Forum 2017 (comprising distinguished personalities with relevant expertise), the International Nuremberg Principles Academy wants to elucidate developments since 2007, with a particular focus – in line with the Academy’s mandate – on analyzing progress and challenges in the application of international criminal and humanitarian law and related human rights, and in the fight against impunity.


The Annual Nuremberg Forum 2017 will take place on 20-21 October 2017 in the historic Court Room 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice (Bärenschanzstraße 72, 90429 Nuremberg).


The Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice (pdf)




The Nuremberg Forum 2017 took place in the historic Courtroom 600
Deputy Director Dr. Viviane Dittrich during her opening remarks on behalf of the Nuremberg Academy
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, Navi Pillay, Dr. Guido Hildner (from right to left)
Dr. Guido Hildner from the Federal Foreign Office welcoming the conference participants
Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy
Federal Minister Christian Schmidt addressing the audience
ICC President Fernández de Gurmendi giving the keynote address
Panel 1 – The Nuremberg Declaration on Peace and Justice today, moderated by Christian Much
Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice
Panel 2 - Justice, Prevention and Ending Impunity, moderated by Prof. Christoph Safferling
Prof. Susanne Buckley-Zistel, University of Marburg
Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Deputy Director of the Nuremberg Academy
Chief Prosecutor of the Sierra Leone Tribunal Dr. Brenda J. Hollis and former ICC President Prof. Sang-Hyun Song in the audience
Panel 3 - Forgotten Voices: Catering to the Needs of Victims, moderated by Philipp Ambach
Philipp Ambach, Anita Ušacka, Fiona McKay and Sarah Kasande (from left to right)
Question from the audience
Panel 4 – Reconciliation, moderated by Prof. Elena Baylis
Betty Murungi, formerly Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission
Velma Šari?, Post-Conflict Research Center, and Alison Smith, No Peace Without Justice (from left to right)
Panel 5 - Development in the Service of Transitional Justice, moderated by Eduardo Toledo
Samuel Emonet, Marieke Wierda, Dr. Christopher Mahony and Eduardo Toledo (from left to right)
Panel 6 - Political Impediments to the Fight against Impunity, moderated by Martin Klingst
Dr. Athaliah Molokomme, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN office in Geneva and Ambassador to Switzerland
Dr. Serge Brammertz, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals
Maria Camila Moreno, International Center for Transitional Justice
The audience in Courtroom 600
Panel 7 - Peace and Justice / Lessons Learned, moderated by Dr. Mark Kersten
Richard Dicker, Human Rights Watch
Dr. Nicola Palmer, King’s College London
Michael Hartmann, formerly United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan, and Dr. Gerald Gahima, formerly War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina; former Prosecutor General of Rwanda (from left to right)
Panel 8 - Peace and Justice / Current challenges, moderated by William Pace
William Pace, Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Dr. Nelson Camilo Sánchez León, Dejusticia, and Kelly Case, Inclusive Security (from left to right)
Patryk Labuda, Graduate Institute Geneva
Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Deputy Director of the Nuremberg Academy, giving the closing remarks
Closing remarks of the Nuremberg Forum 2017