Steven Kay QC, Gillian Higgins and Jens Dieckmann of 9 Bedford Row are to speak on 3 – 5 December 2014 at the Conference “The Defence in International Criminal Courts” to be held at the International Research and Documentation Centre for War Crimes Trials (ICWC) at the University of Marburg, Germany – see http://www.icwc-conference.de/programme.html
The conference will review the past and future of international criminal defence in international criminal trials. The 9 Bedford Row team will present their vast experience of these trials in the modern era ranging from Tadic at the ICTY to President Kenyatta at the ICC.
Within these three days in Marburg, the conference will bring together academics and practitioners from various professions in order to spotlight different issues related to the defence in international criminal proceedings from both a historic and judicial point of view. It will be questioned who these defence lawyers have been, how they have dealt with the problems named above and especially what kind of strategies they have pursued. In this context, the defence lawyer’s personal and maybe political intentions are focal points of discussion as well as revealing possible networks among counsels.
Furthermore, criminal proceedings never only take place in courtrooms. Public prosecutors and defence lawyers not only argue over guilt and innocence; in fact, it is more often a question of unearthing the truth.
In this respect, defenders may have a unique chance to exert influence on the court’s notions and narratives. Exactly that is what we will openly examine and discuss during the conference and subsequently ask, whether – in retrospective – defenders have already tried to influence the court in that way.
“The Defence in International Criminal Courts” tries to find answers to these and further, highly topical questions and challenges defenders in international proceedings have to face. For answering those pressing questions of international criminal law an interdisciplinary approach is more needed than ever. That is what the two past conferences hosted by the International Research and Documentation Centre War Crimes Trials (ICWC), “The Genocide Convention. 60 Years after its Adoption” (2008) and “Victims of International Crimes” (2011), have made obvious.
Photocredit: University of Marburg