Guest Lecture: “International Criminal Tribunals: The Pursuit of Justice”

Guest Lecture: “International Criminal Tribunals: The Pursuit of Justice”

Guest Lecture: “International Criminal Tribunals:  The Pursuit of Justice”
 
Elizabeth Spelman, Solicitor and former United Nations Prosecution Lawyer
 
The talk is divided into two parts. Part I focusses on the establishment and the achievements of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. The Ratko Mladić Trial Judgement, the Prlić et al. Appeals Judgement, and recent case developments will be discussed in more detail. Part II of the talk focusses on developments and challenges in the Goran Hadžić case following the accused’s diagnosis of a terminal illness, with approximately seven trial weeks remaining. The ensuing litigation concerned inter alia the Prosecution’s motions to proceed, and the accused’s fitness to stand trial. This litigation addressed issues such as fair trial rights, and possible measures to expedite the trial. Such measures could potentially be implemented before international and domestic courts and tribunals. 
 
Elizabeth Spelman is a Solicitor at the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Until recently she was a Prosecution Lawyer at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Prior to this, she worked as a Visiting Professional in the Presidency of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Limerick with an LL.B in Law and European Studies. She subsequently attended BPP Law School in London, and trained as a Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, in London, Cologne and Moscow. She moved into the public sector and worked as a U.K. Government Litigator on a variety of private and public law cases. During this time she obtained an LL.M in Public International Law from University College London. She has published articles concerning international law and has also worked in the voluntary and NGO sectors in Ecuador, Cambodia, the U.K., and India.
 
 
Monday 4th March, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., School of Law Boardroom, FG-028 (Foundation Building)
 
All welcome.
 
Convener: Dr Ger Coffey (ger.coffey@ul.ie), Centre for Crime, Justice & Victim Studies