TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception)
The American Society of International Law and the American University Washington College of Law's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are pleased to present a three-part continuing legal education (CLE) series to provide a forum for the better understanding and discussion of human rights and humanitarian law theory. The third and last course of the series will focus on the case of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. ----
On March 14, 2012, the International Criminal Court issued its first judgment in the Case of the Prosecutor v Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Thomas Lubanga was the former president of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), a Congolese militia group involved in the perpetration of mass atrocities in the Ituri district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR). The ICC Prosecutor opened investigations in the DRC in June 2004, following a referral by the Congolese government of any crime falling within the ICC’s jurisdiction committed on its territory since the ICC statute entered into force on July 1, 2002. The Office of the Prosecutor has since conducted three investigations. In addition to Lubanga, three other militia leaders from DCR have been arrested and are currently facing trial at The Hague. Thomas Lubanga was convicted for the perpetration of the war crimes of conscripting, enlisting and using child soldiers, a crime under the Rome Statute. The adoption of this landmark judgment brought to debate several technical issues related to the clarification of procedural rules, the scope of the crimes under analysis, as well as the theory of liability used by the Court to prove Lubanga’s culpability. Furthermore, the judgment reignited discussions as to the impact of international justice as a form of redress for the victims and its ability to serve as a deterrent for the commission of other international crimes, particularly in situations of conflict.
This panel will discuss the relevant aspects of the judgment, its implications for the future work of the ICC, and the legacy of this landmark decision for the development of international criminal law and principles.
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Sylvia Steiner, Judge, International Criminal Court (ICC)
Fausto Pocar, Appeal Judge, International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and for Rwanda (ICTR); past President ICTY
Moderator: Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Information:
ASIL has received accreditation for 1.5 mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) credits for this course with California and Pennsylvania. ASIL is pending accreditation with Virginia and Georgia. New York attorneys may independently seek professional practice credits for this course through the approved jurisdictions of California or Pennsylvania.
For more information about ASIL's jurisdictions and reporting CLE credits, please visit http://www.asil.org/institutes.cfm.
Free and Open to all ASIL Members and Non-Members. Space is limited, so advance registration is recommended.
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