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Law Lab in International Criminal Law

also open to the public as ACIL-ICL lectures when indicated

This course bridges theory and practice, by covering topics that complement the curriculum. Issues covered include fact-finding including forensics and new crimes and new investigative strategies to combat and prevent those. This course entails guest lectures, workshops and visits to courts and tribunals. For attendance, please contact the LLM programme and course coordinator J.CostervanVoorhout@UvA.nl:

  • 5 September 2018, Mr. Christopher Gosnell, international criminal defence lawyer, "Perspectives on international criminal defence lawyering and prosecution"
  • 12 September 2018, Mr. Vincent Cillessen, Team Leader of the Netherlands War Crimes Unit, "The inner workings of the Netherlands War Crimes Unit and Universal Jurisdiction"
  • 19 September 2018, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, British Barrister, "Perspectives on international criminal law and peoples' tribunals"
  • 26 September 2018, Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Ambassador War Crimes at-large 2009-2015 under the Obama Administration, "Key note speech during the opening of the (partly new) Master's programme on International Criminal Law"
  • 3 October 2018, Prof. dr. Arian van Asten, professor of Forensic Analytical Chemistry and On-Scene Chemical Analysis, "An introduction to the forensic investigation of explosives and explosions”
  • 10 October 2018, Judge Howard Morrison, Judge at the International Criminal Court, "International Criminal Law - The Road Less Travelled”
  • 17 October 2018, Dr. William Wiley, Commission of International Justice and Accountability, "A New Approach to International Criminal Investigations”
  • 24 October 2018, Mr. Herman von Hebel, former Registrar of the International Criminal Court, “The functioning of international tribunals in a changing environment”
  • 12 November 2018, Ms. Michelle Jarvis, Deputy Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (IIIM), "The IIIM, Prosecuting SGBC and Ethical Matters", also for ICLP I. 
  • 19 November 2018, Visit to BAK in Utrecht for the Forensic Justice exhibition on Forensic Architecture
  • 21 November 2018, Ms. Doris Eerhart and Ms. Irene O'Sullivan, International Forensic Advisors at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, “An introduction to forensic investigations”
  • 28 November 2018, Visit to the International Criminal Court, including meetings with Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart and Investigations Coordinator Cristina Ribeiro about the work of the Office of the Prosecutor and the Head of the Trust Fund for Victims Pieter de Baan and reparations expert Erin Rosenberg about the TFV’s work.
  • 5 December 2018, Visit to the United Nations Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals including meeting with Elizabeth Emmerson chief Archives about the legacy of the Yugoslavia tribunal, Judge Alphons Orie about the first and the last trial and the issue of trial management, and Doug Stringer the prosecutor in the Stanisic/Simatovic case.
  • 6 February 2019, Mr. Clive Baldwin, Human Rights Watch, "The allegations, investigations and court cases regarding the allegations of UK war crimes in Iraq"
  • 13 February 2019, Mr. Shehzad Charania, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, "The International Criminal Court and the role of states"
  • 18 February 2019, Visit to the Netherlands Forensic Institute including serious gaming and tours of the laboratories
  • 6 March 2019, James Lin, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, “The effects of torture on individuals and the challenges of forensic medical and psychological investigation”
  • 13 March 2019, Richard Harvey, Greenpeace, “Litigating environmental destruction: problems and prospects for international criminal law and human rights proceedings”
  • 20 March 2019, Universal Jurisdiction: the Case of Syria and the Launch of the 2019 UJAR Report
  • 4 April 2019, Zeno Geradts, senior forensic scientist at the Netherlands Forensic Institute, “A forensic perspective on digital data: digital investigations and digital evidence”
  • 17 April 2019, Jordy Mullers, legal advisor & policy officer Internet and Communication Technologies and Cybercrime at the National Police of the Netherlands, “Investigating Cybercrime”
  • 24 April 2019, Christiaan Baardman, Senior Judge at the Court of Appeal The Hague, Chair Cybercrime Chamber, “Judging Cybercrime: not business as usual"

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