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Justice for All? The International Criminal Court: A Conference – Ten Year Review

13th February 2012

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia are hosting an international conference in February 2012 to mark the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The conference will review the work of the ICC and its impact in its first decade. The President, Registrar and a representative from the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC will be attending the conference. A key objective of the Conference is to examine the circumstances and reasons for the Asia Pacific's limited engagement with the ICC, and the key lessons from other regions about how to achieve ratification and full implementation of the Court's mandate, including in the area of gender justice. Against the backdrop of the two main themes of gender justice and the Asia Pacific, the Conference will consider the operation of the Rome Statute of the ICC at three distinct levels: within the Court itself, as between states parties, and between the ICC and civil society.

The Conference will address questions, including:
• How effective has the ICC been in ensuring that gender justice informs its mandate, practice and procedure?
• What factors explain the limited engagement of states in the Asia Pacific region with the ICC?
• How does advocacy around the ICC fit into broader strategies for achieving gender justice and equality at the global, regional and national level?
• What is the future of the ICC (and similar tribunals) in putting an end to impunity for the perpetrators of crimes and contributing to the prevention of such crimes?

Papers addressing these questions and the Conference themes are invited. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. A brief biography of no more than 150 words in a form appropriate for inclusion in the Conference program must accompany each abstract. Abstracts and biographies must be submitted by 30 May 2011. The Conference organisers will notify authors of the acceptance of papers by 20 June 2011. Written papers are due on 19 December 2011.

Leading international journals in the field of international law and international relations are currently being approached to publish conference papers in two special issues.

The following address should be used for the submission of abstracts and any queries regarding the conference:
Please consult the website for further information on the conference:

Conference organising committee:
Professor Andrew Byrnes, Chairperson of the Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Faculty of Law
Professor Louise Chappell, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, UNSW School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
A/Professor Andrea Durbach, Director, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Faculty of Law
Beth Goldblatt, Visiting Fellow and Director of the Gender, Rights and Development Project of the Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW Faculty of Law
Sarah Williams, Senior Lecturer and Director of International Law Programs, UNSW Faculty of Law


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