1) ICLB member Colleen Rohan participated in a three-day conference, held in Amsterdam by the European Society of International Law, at the historic Felix Meritis Building, which took place on 23-25 May 2013. The conference, entitled “International Law as a Profession” was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the University of Amsterdam and Oxford University Press, among others. Ms. Rohan was a member of the panel entitled “Regulating Defence Counsel Before International Criminal Tribunals. Her topic, “Ethical Obligations of Defence Lawyers in International Criminal Proceedings” addressed the existing ethical codes for defence lawyers practicing in the international courts, and included discussion of the need to develop similar, enforceable ethical codes for prosecutors and judges to assure the transparency, reliability and acceptance of verdicts returned by such courts.
2) “The Ashgate Research Companion to International Criminal Law: Critical Perspectives” (published by Ashgate Publishing Limited, England and Ashgate Publishing Company, USA, 2013) has just been released. The book includes a chapter by ICLB member Colleen Rohan, entitled: “Protecting the Rights of the Accused in International Criminal Proceedings: Lip Service or Affirmative Action?” The book is edited by William A Schabas, Yvonne McDermott and Niamh Hayes.
3) ICLB members Colleen Rohan and Gregor Guy Smith presented a discussion of the role of defence counsel in international criminal proceedings, on 3 June 2013, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, to a representative group from the National Bar Association (NBA) of the United States. The NBA group was comprised of African-American judges and lawyers. The NBA is the oldest and largest African-American bar association in the United States and has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean.
4) From 23 to 26 April 2013, ICLB member Colleen Rohan and colleague Marie O’Leary presented a four-day intensive program of lectures and practical exercises for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) Seminar on International Criminal Law Defence. The Defence Seminar is held yearly in conjunction with UNICRI’s L.L.M. in International Crime and Justice. This year the Defence Seminar, held in Torino, Italy, included approximately 60 participants and was sponsored by Consiglio Dell’Ordine Degli Avvocati di Torino as well as the Union Internationale des Avocats. It was held in the beautiful Fondazione deli’Avvocatura Torinese Fulvio Croce building located in central Torino.