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Programme of the Conference

Please note that Olomouc is in Central European time zone (CET)

Connection test for speakers: Wednesday (10.02.2021) at 10:00 – 10:30 or 15:00-15:30


Thursday 11.02.2021

08:30 – 09:15     Online registration, connection test

09:15 – 09:30     Welcome Word

Václav Stehlík, Dean of the Palacký University Faculty of Law
Pavel Šturma, Chair of the International Law Commission

09:30 – 09:45     Introducing the topic of the Conference

Ondřej Svaček and Martin Faix (Organizers of the Conference, Palacký University Olomouc)

09:45 – 12:00     Main Panel: Child Soldiering

Chair: Pavel Šturma (Charles University in Prague, Chair of the International Law Commission)

Petr Válek (Director of International Law Dpt., Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic)
The Criminalization of Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers as a Case Study in Development of International Law

Renate Winter (Former President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child)
Child Soldiering from the Perspective of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Gus Waschefort (University of Essex)
Reconsidering the scope of protection of IHL: The notion of Own-Force Violations Committed Against Child Members

Commentator: Claus Kreß (University of Cologne)


12:00 – 13:30     Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:30     Law-Finding (Identification, Interpretation, Application)

Words of greeting: Paolo Farah (ESIL Board Member, West Virginia University (USA), gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (UK))

Chair: Martha Bradley (University of Pretoria)

Tamás Hoffmann (Hungarian Academy of Sciences/Corvinus University in Budapest)
Freezing or Consolidating? International Criminal Court and Customary International Humanitarian Law

Raghavi Viswanath (Public International Law and Policy Group, Amsterdam, EUI)
Comparing International Criminal Tribunals‘ Interpretative Approaches to International Humanitarian Law

Demetra Loizou (University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus)
The Development of IHL in Jurisprudence of the ICC: Formulation and Interpretation of Art 8 of the Rome Statute

Sergii Masol (Doctor of Laws, European University Institute, Florence)
Human Rights Rules and Principles in the Legal Regime of the International Criminal Court: Fine-Tuning the Super-Legality Approach



Friday 12.02.2020

09:30 – 12:15     Substantive Aspects

Chair: Hennie A. Strydom (University of Johannesburg)

Martha Bradley (University of Pretoria)
The Intensity Threshold in Article 8(2)(f) of the Rome Statute

Rogier Bartels (Netherlands Defence Academy)
The temporal and geographical scope of war crimes: The interplay between contextual elements of war crimes and the scope of application of international humanitarian law


10:35 – 10:45      Break

Kateřina Uhlířová (Masaryk University, Brno)
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence before the International Criminal Court

Walter Arevalo Ramirez (Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá)
The Dialogue between Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court Standards Regarding Command Responsibility

Abhaya Ganashree (London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM programme)
Mental Health as Defence at the ICC: Ongwen and the Case of the Child Soldiers


12:15 – 13:30     Lunch Break

13:30 – 16:30    Procedural Aspects

                             Chair: Ondřej Svaček (Palacký University, Olomouc)

Hitomi Takemura (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo)
A Synergetic Approach to Enhancing the ICC’s Efficiency and Effectiveness

Laurie Morgan  (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York)
Reparations at the International Criminal Court: Dangled Carrot or Path to Healing?

Emma Brandon (PluriCourts Centre, University of Oslo)
The ICC’s Crucial Role in Ensuring Respect for International Humanitarian Law: Obligations for States to Cooperate with the International Criminal Court that are Created by the Geneva Conventions


14:55 – 15:05     Break

Alejandro Sanchéz Frías (University of Málaga)
The Judgment of the ICC´s Appeals Chamber in the Situation of Afghanistan: Towards Global Applicability of IHL?

Alexandre Skander Galand (Hertie School, Berlin)
The ICC and Immunities Issues before other ‘International’ Criminal Courts        

Yael Naggan (The Office of the Deputy Attorney General for International Law, Ministry of Justice, Israel)
Do Cumulative Convictions in International Criminal Law Undermine the Promotion of Adherence to IHL Through the War Crimes Regime?



16:30 – 16:50    Concluding remarks

Ondřej Svaček and Martin Faix (Palacký University in Olomouc)

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