The International Nuremberg Principles Academy was present at the 16th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 4 to 14 December 2017, and organized a side event on the topic "From Nuremberg to The Hague and Beyond: Critical Reflections on the State of Criminal Justice Today" on 7 December 2017.
The event addressed current challenges and developments in the field of criminal justice. The panel was composed of Dr. Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy; Dr. Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals and Vice-President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy, Mr. David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice and Member of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy and Mr. William Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Dr. Guido Hildner, Director of Public International Law of the German Federal Foreign Office, gave the introductory remarks. Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Deputy Director of the Nuremberg Academy, moderated the discussion.
The panel focused, inter alia, on the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, possible synergies between peace and justice, capacity building and the role of states and civil society. The work and specific projects of the Nuremberg Academy related to the application, development, and acceptance of international criminal law and human rights and its unique contributions in terms of research, capacity building and conferences were also highlighted. The discussion particularly emphasized the interconnection between the identified developments and the work of the International Criminal Court and States Parties as well as on the possibility of increasing cooperation.
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