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International prosecutors and diplomats to discuss atrocity crimes at ABA meeting in D.C.

International prosecutors and diplomats to discuss atrocity crimes at ABA meeting in D.C.

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 —  Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, will be among panelists to speak on “International Criminal Justice: Mass Atrocities, the International Criminal Court and the Role of States” at an event sponsored by the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights’ International Criminal Court Project on Thursday, April 10, at Jones Day in D.C.

What:  
“International Criminal Justice: Mass Atrocities,
the International Criminal Court and the Role of States”

Sponsored by the ABA International Criminal Court Project and the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Program, in partnership with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court

When:    
Thursday, April 10, 2:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Where:   
Jones Day (New Jersey Ave. entrance)
51 Louisiana Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001 

Program highlights include:

“The U.S. Role in International Criminal Justice: Past, Present and Future” — Panelists will explore the United States’ role in international criminal justice, including involvement in tribunals handling atrocities committed in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Cambodia and Sierra Leone. The panel will also discuss America’s relationship with the International Criminal Court during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, and will speak about the legislative and policy issues at play in the U.S.-ICC relationship. Speakers include Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice, and Patricia Wald, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and former judge to the United Nations-International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

“Successes and Challenges at the ICC” Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and South Africa Justice Richard J. Goldstone, former prosecutor of the United Nations-International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, will explore the ICC’s achievements and issues in investigating and prosecuting cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. In addition, the panel will explore the challenges that lie ahead in prosecuting mass atrocities committed around the world and how states can engage more with the ICC.
4 – 5:15 p.m.

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or Maria.Gutierrez@americanbar.org

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