Last Chance to Register – The IBA War Crimes Conference: International Legal Challenges 2015


Post by Steven Kay QC

The IBA War Crimes Committee has confirmed a number of high-profile and exciting speakers for its 2015 annual conference: International Legal Challenges 2015. The conference will take place at The Peace Palace, The Hague between 31 January – 1 February 2015.

The IBA War Crimes Committee has organised the conference to take on the hot political crises and conflicts in the international media today and to examine the legal issues related to them. Experienced panellists with an insight into these situations will respond in a BBC Question Time format to questions from a moderator aimed to inform, challenge and provide answers. By emailing the moderators in advance, those registered to attend will have an opportunity to submit questions and may be selected to put them from the floor. This will be a lively and dynamic conference for any lawyer interested in world affairs.

The event programme can be viewed here:

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Conference Chairs

  • Steven Kay QC – Co-Chair, IBA War Crimes Committee
  • Prof. Alex Whiting – Co-Chair, IBA War Crimes Committee

Conference Organiser

  • Professor Mikhail Wladimiroff – Wladimiroff Advocaten




Respecting State Sovereignty and the ICC: Unwilling or Unable?

  • Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC (Moderator) – International Lawyer
  • Ambassador Helmut Tichy – Legal Advisor to the Austrian Foreign Ministry
  • Paola Gaeta – Professor of International Criminal Law, University of Geneva
  • Dr Amrita Mukherjee – Leeds University School of Law

Russia and Ukraine

  • Federica D’Alessandra (Moderator) – Co-Vice Chair IBA War Crimes Committee; Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University
  • Mikhail Kasyanov – Former Russian Prime Minister
  • Dan Saxon – Former Prosecutor, ICTY; Assistant Professor, Leiden University
  • David Satter – Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Journalist; Author of ‘It Was A Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past’ (2011)
  • Dr David Donat Cattin Secretary-General, Parliamentarians for Global Action, New York

Israel and Gaza, Sri Lanka and the LTTE

  • Anees Ahmed (Moderator) – Chief of Legal Affairs, UN Mission in Liberia
  • Clive Baldwin – Human Rights Watch, Middle East
  • Professor Michael A. Newton – Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University
  • Professor Goran Sluiter – Professor of International Criminal Law, Amsterdam University

ISIS Supporting Revolution and The International Legal Context of Aiding and Abetting

  • Peter Robinson (Moderator) – International Lawyer; Defence Counsel, ICTY
  • Judge Bakone Moloto – Judge, ICTY
  • Margaret Coker – Wall Street Journal, London
  • Kate Gibson – Defence Counsel, ICC
  • Dov Jacobs – Assistant Professor In International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University

Challenges in Securing Truthful Witness Testimony in ICL

  • Yaiza Alvarez-Reyes (Moderator) – STL VWU; formerly ICTY VWU
  • Judge Alfons Orie – Judge, ICTY
  • Dr Rod Rastan – Senior Legal Advisor, ICC OTP
  • Karim Khan QC – Temple Gardens Chambers, London
  • Melinda Taylor – Formerly ICC OPCD; Defence Counsel, ICC

Expanding the Jurisdiction of The African Court on Human and People’s Rights

  • Gillian Higgins (Moderator) – 9 Bedford Row Chambers, London
  • Judge Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko – STL Appeals Chamber Judge; Former President Of ICC Appeals Chamber
  • Professor Githu Muigai – Attorney-General, Republic Of Kenya
  • Professor Charles Jalloh – Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University; Editor-in-Chief, African Journal of Legal Studies and African Journal of International Criminal Justice
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