THE JUSTICE CASCADE: Are human rights prosecutions really changing world politics?

Twenty years ago the United Nations Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It was followed by the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda only one year later. Mixed international and national tribunals followed for Sierra Leone in 2002 and Cambodia in 2004.
Fifteen years ago the renewed attention and enthusiasm for international criminal prosecutions as an instrument of peace and reconciliation resulted in the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court. That same year the arrest in London of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, on the request of a Spanish prosecutor, seemed to confirm that heads of state, government and armies had ceased to be above the law. Justice was cascading over world politics and political leaders. What happened to the justice cascade since the establishment of the ICTY in 1993 and the Pinochet arrest in 1998?
Keynote speakers

  • Kathryn Sikkink: Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, author of The Justice Cascade: how human rights prosecutions are changing world politics.
  • Leslie Vinjamuri: Senior Lecturer of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Other Speakers

  • Wouter Werner: Professor of International Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • Marlies Glasius: Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics at the Universiteit van Amsterdam

Date: March 26, 2013

Time: 13.30
Location: Theater aan ’t Spui, Spui 187, 2511 BN The Hague
Entrance fee: Free

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