Human rights law and international criminal law share the same historical background. Although the two legal fields have since developed independently from each other, they continue to influence each other. The relationship between human rights and international criminal law is this the central theme of Guénaël Mettraux’s inaugural lecture.
Human rights law is interpreted as a necessary condition and as a justification for criminal proceedings. It is also a resource which shapes the law and procedures at international criminal tribunals. In that way the two legal fields come together when human rights law becomes a means to limit and restrict the excesses of international criminal law while, at the same time, fulfilling a control function as regards (unduly) unlimited justice.
Dr. G.Y.J.M. Mettraux, professor of International Criminal Law, with a special focus on international criminal procedure: The Challenge of Human Rights in War Crimes Trials.
This event will be open to the public.