Events and Announcements: 7 March 2021

Events and Announcements: 7 March 2021


‘Law. Not War.’ – Special Event honouring Ben Ferencz on his 101st Birthday: Honouring the 101st birthday of the Benjamin ‘Ben’ Ferencz, the last living prosecutor of the Nuremberg trials, the Nuremberg Academy is holding a special live online event on 11 March 2021 starting at 5 p.m. CET, moderated by Deputy Director Dr. Viviane Dittrich. We invite you to join us on this very special occasion celebrating his birthday and paying tribute to this remarkable person. Following brief welcoming remarks, we will present selected photo impressions and video clips of Ben Ferencz featuring a new interview with him that has been specially recorded for this event. During the ensuing sequence, some selected invitees will share their personal reflections and birthday wishes. Speakers include: Judge Thomas Buergenthal (tbc) (former judge of the International Court of Justice and Honorary President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy); Dr. Navi Pillay (former UN-High Commissioner of Human Rights and President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy); Ambassador Christian Wenaweser (Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United Nations); Dr. Fatou Bensouda (Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court); Professor Claus Kreß (Director of the Institute for International Peace and Security Law at the Universität zu Köln); Elisabeth Kaul (close friend of the Ferencz family); Klaus Rackwitz (Director of the International Nuremberg Principels Academy); and Dr. Viviane Dittrich (Deputy Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy) (Moderator). The event will take place on 11 March 2021 (5 p.m. CET). The platform used will be Zoom webinar. Prior registration via the Nuremberg Academy website is required and now open.

Virtual Event on ‘Prosecutorial Discretion at the International Criminal Court’: The KU Leuven – Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is pleased to announce a virtual roundtable on ‘Prosecutorial Discretion at the International Criminal Court’ on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 from 9 – 11 am CET. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) enjoys discretionary powers in many respects, for example, in the selection and prioritisation of situations and cases. Such ineliminable discretion shapes the Court and yet it has often attracted criticism. While the current Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is reaching the end of her mandate in June this year and the new Prosecutor Karim Khan has just been elected, it is time to take stock. How much discretion does the Prosecutor really have? How has it been exercised so far? What is the way forward? This timely roundtable aims to discuss these and other questions concerning the discretionary powers of the ICC Prosecutor with practitioners working at the ICC and academics. Speakers include: Prof. André Klip, Maastricht University; Prof. William Schabas, Middlesex University; Mr. Rogier Bartels, ICC, Chambers; Ms. Marie O’Leary, ICC, Office of Public Counsel for the Defence; Ms. Marie-Hélène Proulx, Defence Lawyer; and Dr. Rod Rastan, ICC, Office of the Prosecutor. The event will be introduced by Prof. Jan Wouters, KU Leuven, and moderated by Ms. Diletta MarchesiKU Leuven. Registration is compulsory and can be done here.

Call for Papers

Eleventh Goettingen Journal of International Law Student Essay Competition: The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) is looking for contributions to its 2021 Student Essay Competition. This year´s topic is “International Law in Times of a Pandemic”. The winner will be published in an upcoming issue of the GoJIL. Submissions must not exceed 5000 words. The deadline is 1st August 2021. You can find more information and the full Call for Papers here.


Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI) – The International Legal Podcast (Spanish): HDI recently added the following Episodes in Spanish: Embajador Dr. Juan M. Gómez Robledo – El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU;  Dr. Francesco Tripo – Adquisición y Distribución de la Vacuna del COVID-19Prof. Nicolás Carrillo – Las Emociones en el Derecho InternacionalProf. Gleider Hernández – Litigios Internacionales sobre el Cambio Climático (Premium); and Gota 7: Controversia Marítima (Perú c. Chile) (Contenido Premium). Updated information about the guests and episodes can be found on HDI’s social media accounts: LinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebook and Youtube. The Podcast contributes to the dissemination and study of contemporary legal issues in Spanish, and is available on the main platforms: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or through other podcast applications by searching “Hablemos de Derecho Internacional”, and on its website here.

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