Event at UCC: The International Criminal Court a Decade On

The International Criminal Court came into existence on the 1st July 2002. The Court is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court to be established. It was established under the Rome Statute as a significant step forward in ensuring all those who commit the most serious of crimes, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, can be brought to justice. The court therefore stands as an institution that can assist in ending impunity for atrocities that call for an international response. The ICC is currently dealing with 16 cases in seven situations; six of these cases are presently at trial stage. Earlier this year, the court reached a significant milestone in its tenth year when it delivered its first verdict in the Prosecutor v. Lubanga case. In that judgment the accused was found guilty of war crimes relating to the enlistment, conscription and use of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A series of events celebrating the first ten years of the ICC have been held around the globe, reflecting both the achievements of the court to date, and also its many challenges and limitations. This event is part of that series and will reflect on the past and future of international criminal justice at the ICC

Chair: Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi (Department of Philosophy, UCC)

5:30 Welcome – Dr. Fiona Donson (CCJHR, Faculty of Law, UCC)

5:35-6:05 Ms. Justice Harding-Clark

“The ICC – a ten year assessment”

6:05-6:35 Mr. Peter Robinson

“Do International Criminal Courts Deter Atrocities?–a Defence Counsel’s Perspective”

6:35-7:00 Questions and Discussion

7:00 Wine reception – Staff Restaurant Continue reading Event at UCC: The International Criminal Court a Decade On

Securing the Safety and Rehabilitation of Former Child Slaves

The Centre for Global Development, UCC in collaboration with Front Line Defenders and UCC’s Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights and Institute for Social Sciences 21 (ISS21) will host a lecture by Human Rights Activist, James Kofi Annan on Tuesday, December 6th. The lecture will take place in Boole II Lecture Theatre, UCC Campus, 6.00 -7.30pm. Members of the public are invited to attend and admission is free.

The talk will focus on James Kofi Annan’s experiences in working on securing the safety and rehabilitation of former child slaves under the auspices of Ghanaian NGO Challenging Heights.   James Kofi Annan was sold into slavery at the age of 6 and forced into dangerous work on fishing boats in Ghana for seven years. He finally escaped, taught himself to read, got a college education, and founded a small school to help child slavery survivors. In 2003, he founded Challenging Heights, a Ghanaian NGO dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and educating child survivors of slavery. Further information on James Kofi Annan is available here.   The event marks the anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (Dec 9th) and International Human Rights Day (Dec 10th).