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Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law (CIHOL)
Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Law (Czech Republic)
have the pleasure to invite you to a conference on
„ICC´s Contribution to the Development and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law“.
May 21-22, 2020
ESIL Supported Conference


That international criminal courts and tribunals have always played significant role in the development and enforcement of IHL is a matter of fact. Enough is to mention the seminal Tadić case which remains one of the most important legacies left in this field by the ICTY. Since the ICC has been actively operating in the field for more than 15 years it is now possible to critically evaluate and assess what is the role of the ICC in the development and effective enforcement of IHL.

The opening panel will address the issue of child soldiers. Confirmed speakers of this panel include:

H.E. Dr. Robert Fremr (Vice-President of the ICC)
Mrs. Renate Winter (former President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child)
prof. Daniel Thürer (University of Zurich), and
Dr. Gus Waschefort (University of Essex).

Contributions in other panels will address other areas related to the practice of the ICC, focusing on:

  • Substantive issues

In particular, application and interpretation of basic rules (principles) of IHL, classification of armed conflicts, in particular war crimes, circumstances precluding wrongfulness, forms of responsibility, or sentencing practice. Contributions may also cover possible legal challenges concerning amendments to Art 8 of the Rome Statute. From the formal (normative) point of view, the methodology of interpretation and application of sources of law envisaged in Art 21 of the Rome Statute offers room for analysis.

  • Procedural issues

Contributions should focus not only on procedural issues in a strict sense (e.g. evidentiary matters, or different phases of proceedings), but also on issues related to jurisdiction, immunities, admissibility (and therefore complementarity), participation of victims in the proceedings before the ICC, cooperation with the ICC and enforcement of penalties. It is envisaged that contributions cover strategies on selection of situations and cases (including examples of attempted but failed referrals by the SC). Finally, the methodology concerning interpretation and application of sources of law before and by the ICC shall be assessed.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

dr. Martin Faix and dr. Ondřej Svaček (Chairs of the Scientific Committee of the Conference)

— In cooperation with: —

The Czech Republic Branch

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