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Paving the Path of Human Rights

Synergies between International Criminal Law and UN Agenda 2030

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy organized a two-day international conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on 3-4 May 2019 dedicated to the advancement of the synergies between international criminal law (ICL) and the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (UN Agenda 2030). The conference was held at the historic Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, as the city of Nuremberg promotes its strong commitment to human rights related themes as a “City of Peace and Human Rights.”

Due to the nexus of the objectives of ICL and the human rights movement, the conference identified the elements of ICL that would be able to contribute to the advancement of the UN Agenda 2030 from three angles: Access to Justice, Access to Remedy and the Role of Human Rights Defenders.

The Nuremberg Academy provided the forum to identify new and promote existing synergies between Sustainable Development Goal 16 aiming to promote “peace, justice and strong institutions” and the principles of ICL. During the conference, experts from various fields, including practitioners of the UN system critically discusses and analyzed the UN Agenda 2030 in the context of conflict prevention and creation of peaceful and sustainable societies as envisaged by the Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its influence in the promotion of human rights in different contexts across the world.


Opening Dialogue - Current Reflections on UN Agenda 2030
Panel I - Building the Foundations for Justice and Rule of Law
Panel II - International Cooperation and Strengthening Institutions to Prevent Conflict
Panel III - Remedy and Protection of Vulnerable Groups
Panel IV - Human Rights Defenders at Risk
Panel V - Mechanisms of Protection of Human Rights Defenders


Dr. Navi Pillay (Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) delivered the keynote address.

Speakers included:
Dr. Bertrand Ramcharan (Former Acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights); Maaike de Langen (Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies); Dr. Sam Muller (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law); Dr. Marieke Wierda (Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Dr. Glaucia Boyer (United Nations Development Programme); Dr. Noora Arajärvi (Hertie School of Governance); Dr. Paloma Durán y Lalaguna (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development); Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou (International Criminal Court); Dr. Helen Ahrens (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit); Dr. Philipp Ambach (International Criminal Court); Prof. Markus Krajewski (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg); Dr. Katie Kuschminder (Maastricht University and UNU Merit); Dr. Siobhán McInerney-Lankford (World Bank); Betty Kaari Murungi (International Nuremberg Principles Academy); Dr. Sébastien Jodoin (McGill University); Ramón Muñoz Castro (Red Internacional de Derechos Humanos); Dr. Jonas Christoffersen (Danish Institute for Human Rights); Daniel Joloy (Amnesty International); Dilnoza Satarova (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe); Basil Fernando (Asian Human Rights Commission); Robert Mugisa (The Human Rights Centre Uganda); Dilnoza Satarova (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe); David Tolbert (Duke University); and Dr. Rainer Huhle (United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances).


You can download the conference program here below.

The speakers and chairs of the conference
Director Klaus Rackwitz giving his opening remarks
Dr. Thomas Dickert, President of the Higher Regional Court of Nuremberg, addressing the audience
Opening remarks by Dr. Ulrich Maly, Lord Mayor of the City of Nuremberg
Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy, delivering the keynote speech
Opening Dialogue on "Current Reflections on UN Agenda 2030"
Chair Dr. Noora Arajärvi, Associate at the Hertie School of Governance
Dr. Philipp Ambach asking a question
Betty Kaari Murungi, Member of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy
Dr. Sam Muller, Chief Executive Officer of the The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law
Serge Brammertz, IRMCT-Chief Prosecutor, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, former ICC-President, Klaus Rackwitz and Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Executive Board of the Nuremberg Academy, and Dr. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (left to right)
Panel I "Building the Foundations for Justice and Rule of Law"
Chair Dr. Glaucia Boyer, Policy Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme
Audience
Maaike de Langen, Head of Research for the Task Force on Justice, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies
Dr. Marieke Wierda, Rule of Law Coordinator at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Bertrand Ramcharan, former UN Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights
Panel II "International Cooperation and Strengthening Institutions to Prevent Conflict"
Prof. Markus Krajewski, Professor at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Dr. Paloma Durán y Lalaguna, Head of Division Global Partnerships and Policies at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Dr. Philipp Ambach, Chief of the Victims Participation and Reparations Section in the Registry at the ICC
Dr. Helen Ahrens, Director of the DIRAJus Project at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Henrike Claussen, Director of the Memorium Nuremberg Trials, giving a presentation of Courtroom 600
Panel III "Remedy and Protection of Vulnerable Groups"
Chair Betty Kaari Murungi, Member of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy
Prof. Sébastien Jodoin, Assistant Professor at McGill University
A question from the audience
Dr. Siobhán McInerney-Lankford, Senior Counsel at the World Bank
Dr. Katie Kuschminder, Assistant Professor at Maastricht University and UNU-Merit
Breanda J. Hollis, Dr. Philipp Ambach and Judge Sang-Hyun Song
Panel IV "Human Rights Defenders at Risk"
Chair Ramón Muñoz Castro, Director of Red Internacional de Derechos Humanos
Audience
Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou, Judge at the International Criminal Court
Daniel Joloy, Senior Policy Advisor at Amnesty International
Dr. Jonas Christoffersen, Executive Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights
Panel V "Mechanisms of Protection of Human Rights Defenders"
Chair David Tolbert, Visiting Scholar at Duke University and member of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy
Basil Fernando, Director of Policy and Programs of the Asian Human Rights Commission
Robert Mugisa, Senior Programme Officer of The Human Rights Centre Uganda
Dilnoza Satarova, Human Rights Adviser at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Dr. Rainer Huhle, Member of the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances and Co-Founder of the Nuremberg Human Rights Center, giving closing remarks on “Declaring Human Rights and Punishing their Violations – A Strange Divide”
Closing remarks by Deputy Director Dr. Viviane Dittrich
Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Dr. Ulrich Maly, Dr. Oscar Schneider, and Klaus Rackwitz (left to right)
Impressions from the conference
Impressions from the conference
Impressions from the conference
Impressions from the conference