IBA Event: ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’



The International Bar Association is hold an experts’ roundtable discussion on ‘Trials in Absentia in International Criminal Justice’. The event will take place on 8th June 2016 from 14:00-17:30 at the Hague Institute for Global Justice located at Sophialaan 10, The Hague.

The Keynote presentation will be delivered by Judge Ivana Hrdlicková, the President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

Following the Keynote presentation, two panels of experts will debate issues related to the theory and practice of trials in absentia: ‘Trials in absentia: human rights law & the judicial process’ (moderated by Dr Mark Ellis, IBA Executive Director) and ‘Effective representation & ethics in trials in absentia‘ (moderated by Ms Anne-Marie Verwiel, expert in international criminal practice).

Subjects to be focused upon:

  • Issues related to the fairness of proceedings, including notice to the accused, the right to re-trial, and effective assistance of Counsel
  • The tensions between the promotion of the rule of law, fair trial rights and efficiency of proceedings
  • The future of trials in absentia in international criminal law

Panelists attending the discussion include: Mr Geoffrey Robertson QC (the former President of the UN’s Special Court for Sierra Leone), Mr François Falletti (the former Chief Prosecutor of the Paris Court of Appeals), Dr Guido Acquaviva (the Deputy Registrar of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers), Ms Héleyn Uñac (Deputy Head of the Defence Office of the STL), as well as other international experts and practitioners with experience in in absentia trials, including at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal.

Click below to read the full programme for this event:

The Hague In Absentia 2016 programme

The debate will be followed by a reception.

Participation is free of charge. However, prior registration is required to attend all, or part of the event.

RSVP to ensure your place by sending the name and email of all attendees to the Hague.Events@int-bar.org.

Image source: www.martindale.com

Text source: Aurélie Roche-Mair (Programme Director, IBA ICL Programme)

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