Criminal Law Goes International: 20 Years of Accountability and the Future of International Criminal Law

Date & time
5.30–6.30pm Monday 7 July 2014
Law Theatre, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Road, The Australian National University
Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia


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The last two decades have witnessed the internationalisation of criminal law with the rapid emergence of international criminal law.

After 40 years of inaction following the Nuremberg-era trials, international tribunals have now been established to address crimes committed during conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Lebanon. The establishment of the International Criminal Court in 2002 as a permanent international tribunal for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression capped this revolutionary development.

Reflecting on the work of international criminal tribunals over the last 20 years, there have been many successes. But equally, a number of critical challenges persist that will significantly impact the further advancement of international criminal law.

Join Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the ICTY as he shares his perspective on these successes and challenges, exploring how international criminal law represents both the ’internationalisation‘ of criminal law for the global community and the ’nationalisation‘ of international law for post-conflict societies.

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