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Rapid-Response Seminar - The First Judgment of the International Criminal Court – the Lubanga Case

3rd April 2012

What is this event about?

On 14 March 2012 the International Criminal Court delivered its first judgment. The Court found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a leader of the Patriotic Force for the Liberation of the Congo, guilty of the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities in DR Congo. This is a historic moment not only because of the Court's inaugural judgment but also because the Court put down principles on criminalization of the use of child soldiers. The judgment will also serve as a basis for the principles to be applied to reparations for victims. The Institute organizes this rapid response seminar with participation of prominent experts on international criminal justice to shed light on different aspects of this important judgment.

Chair: Dr Andraž Zidar, British Institute of International and Comparative Law


Stephanie Barbour, Amnesty International
Stephanie Barbour is the International Justice Coordinator at Amnesty International, where she works on promoting access for victims to justice, truth and reparation in domestic and hybrid justice mechanisms around the world and before the International Criminal Court. She has previously worked on issues related to post-conflict justice, including war crimes prosecutions, justice outreach, witness protection and support, case selection policy and rule of law reform, in Bosnia and Herzegovina and at the ICTR.

Associate Professor Olympia Bekou, University of Nottingham School of Law
Olympia Bekou is Associate Professor in Law and Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit of the Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. She is responsible for the National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD) of the ICC Legal Tools Project and has researched and taught extensively worldwide. She has also undertaken capacity building missions in post-conflict situations such as Uganda, the DR Congo and Sierra Leone.

Professor Robert Cryer, University of Birmingham Law School
Robert Cryer obtained his undergraduate law degree in Cardiff Law School, then moved to the School of Law in Nottingham where he obtained his LLM and PhD degrees in 1996 and 2000 respectively. He was a lecturer in the University of Manchester and in the University of Nottingham. In 2007 he moved to Birmingham as Professor of International and Criminal Law. He is the author of, inter alia, Prosecuting International Crimes, and co-author of An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure.

Dr. Mia Swart, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Mia Swart is a Research fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. She previously worked as Assistant Professor at Leiden University and as Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her research interests include transitional justice, international criminal law and comparative constitutional law.

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