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Rapid Response Seminar

Reparations to Victims:
The Recent International Criminal Court D

12th September 2012

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Last March, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Thomas Lubanga Dyilo guilty of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 years and using them in armed conflict. Mr Lubanga is the first person to be convicted for war crimes at the ICC.

On 7 August 2012, the same Trial Chamber issued a decision on applicable reparations in relation to the case against this former Congolese militia leader, the first ICC decision on reparations. In this decision, the judges went beyond the ICC Statute by underlining the need to apply reparations in a broad and flexible manner. In particular, they mentioned that symbolic, preventative or transformative types of reparations have also to be considered when appropriate.

As a result, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law is hosting a rapid-response seminar on the principles and procedures of reparations established in this recent decision. Among other issues, speakers will discuss all the possible forms of reparations that may be considered, in addition to restitution, compensation and rehabilitation. Speakers will also consider the role of victims in the international criminal law process, the collective approach to reparations, as well as the Trust Fund for Victims and its relationship with the Court.

Of relevance to those interested in international criminal law, international human rights and humanitarian law, this timely seminar will present the recent ICC decision and frame it within the wider reparations context, as well as offer food for thought with regard to the rapidly evolving issue of reparations to victims of international law violations.

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