SCL lecture: Legal limits to the use of the veto power in the face of atrocity crimes

03 December 2019
  • Starts at: 18:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies & Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
    Netherlands
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About the lecture
This lecture will discuss the use of the veto power by permanent members of the UN Security Council, while there are ongoing atrocity crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes). The lecture will raise issues as to the incompatibility of such veto use with: (a) jus cogens protections, (b) the "Purposes and Principles" of the UN, as well as (c) foundational treaties such as the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the Genocide Convention. The broad endorsement of "voluntary veto restraint" demonstrates that many states do not support the status quo. Yet, that three permanent members have not joined in endorsing such restraint makes it even more imperative for the international community to look at existing legal rules that limit veto use in the face of atrocity crimes.

Speaker
Jennifer Trahan, J.D., LL.M., Clinical Professor, NYU Center for Global Affairs

Organisers
This lecture is organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

The views and opinions expressed in this announcement and in or during the Supranational Criminal Law lectures are not necessarily those of the host and/or participating organisations, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

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