Launch of the book Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice – Practitioners’ Guide, followed by a panel discussion

12 September 2017
  • Starts at: 19:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: The Supranational Criminal Law (SCL) Lectures Series, the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (IHCL) Platform and T.M.C. Asser Press
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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19:00-19:10: Welcome and introduction of the programme by Dr. Christophe Paulussen, T.M.C. Asser Instituut

19:10-19:25: Key-note by Judge Ivana Hrdličková, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

19:25-19:45: Presentation by Megan Hirst LLM, editor of the book

19:45-20:05: Presentation by Dr. Kinga Tibori-Szabó, editor of the book

20:05-20:25: Q&A

20:25:20:30: Conclusion by Mr. Frank Bakker, Publisher of T.M.C. Asser Press

20:30-21:30: Reception


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The book Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice – Practitioners’ Guide closes with a chapter looking at whether participation in international criminal proceedings can be successful in addressing victims' needs – and if so how? This book launch will take this concept as a starting point and consider what the essential ingredients might be for such success.

Speaking from their experiences engaging with victims' participation at the ICC and STL and relying on various chapters of the book, the two editors will address specific areas which they believe are essential for successful victims' participation, and the current barriers to success in those areas. 

Megan Hirst will discuss the victims' application process, especially considering the problems faced at the ICC and possible solutions, including approaches already used at the STL. She will also look at victims' legal representation and the challenges of balancing victims' choices against demands for efficiency and cohesion.

Dr Kinga Tibori-Szabó will look at three issues which go beyond the effectiveness of participation itself and fundamentally concern the well-being of the victims. These are the challenges of eliciting victim testimony, the provision of psychological assistance to victims participating in the proceedings, and methods adopted  by lawyers and the institutions themselves for communication with participating victims.

More information on the SCL Lecture Series and the IHCL Platform.

More information on T.M.C. Asser Press.

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