The Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy Klaus Rackwitz spoke at the International Conference “Nuremberg Trials and Conference Interpreting: The End of the Regime, the Beginning of the Profession” in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 14 September 2018. This conference was organized as one of a series of events to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Slovene Association of Conference Interpreters (ZKTS).
Klaus Rackwitz participated in the panel “The Historical Aspects of the Nuremberg Trials, the Beginnings of Conference Interpreting and its Establishment at the National and International Levels”. In his presentation “We All Speak Justice! - Some Remarks on Language, Understanding and Fair Trials”, he focused on the origins of the right to an interpreter in criminal trials and reflected on the current situation in international judicial proceedings where interpreters play a key role not only during the trial but right from the start of an investigation.
In addition, Klaus Rackwitz also held an Expert Lecture at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana on 14 September. In his lecture, he highlighted the Nuremberg Principles as the legal source for all currently operating courts and tribunals investigating and adjudicating core international crimes and on the current challenges, i.e. the risk of impunity and the need for cooperation and support through territorial states.