International Nuremberg Principles Academy Newsletter – June 2016









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Nuremberg Academy and Grotius Centre Sign Partnership Agreement

In the presence of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Bernd Borchardt, Founding Director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy and Professor Carsten Stahn, Program Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies in The Hague, signed a Memorandum of Understanding initiating cooperation and exploration into potential collaboration in the areas of international criminal law research. The Memorandum of Understanding will open the possibility for joint academic activities, such as courses, conferences, seminars, summer schools, symposia and lectures.

Queen Maxima met with Marjana Papa, Head of Interdisciplinary Research, who informed Her Majesty of the challenges working in conflict and post-conflict countries. The royal couple then met and discussed ongoing projects with the rest of the Nuremberg Academy staff.


Discussion in Courtroom 600 ‘Transitional Justice in Germany after 1945 and after 1990’

On 25 April, The Nuremberg Academy launched its publication: ‘Transitional Justice in Germany after 1945 and after 1990’ in the historic Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. The discussion took place in English.Dr. Anna Kaminsky, Director of the Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung, and Prof. Dr. Werner Konitzer, Director of the Fritz Bauer Institute, discussed these German experiences and assess whether the German dealing with the past is a success story and what conclusions other countries which emerge from conflicts or dictatorships can draw from the German experiences.

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Interdisciplinary Research Department welcomes acceptance study fellows

In May the Interdisciplinary Research Department welcomed ten emerging scholars and practitioners from Cambodia, Croatia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kosovo, Palestine, Rwanda, Serbia, Uganda and Ukraine. They are participating in the fellowship of the Academy concerning the acceptance of international criminal justice. They were introduced by the experts of the acceptance study team into the methodology of interdisciplinary research and data analysis. This fellowship is part of a capacities building program for researchers and practitioners in conflict and post-conflict countries.

Academy Director Borchardt gives lecture at the Jagiellonian University

Founding Director Borchardt gave a lecture at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow on 15 April 2016 about “The Nuremberg Principles and the Future”. He used his presentation also to introduce the Academy to students and university staff.

Advisory Council Meets in Nuremberg

The Advisory Council of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy held a meeting in Nuremberg on May 20th and 21st, 2016. The first annual EU Day Against Impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes was marked on May 23rd. In observance of this important day, the Advisory Council issued the following statement:

“The Advisory Council of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy welcomes the initiative of the Presidency of the Council of the EU in designating May 23rd as the first annual EU Day against Impunity for Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes and associates itself fully with it.

The initiative of the EU Presidency of the Council comes on the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the verdicts of the first of the Nuremberg Trials here in this city, the birthplace of modern international criminal law, where the Nuremberg Academy has its seat. The Academy was established to promote the advancement of international criminal law by promoting its universality, legality, and acceptance.”


Founding Director Borchardt lectures at DAAD Summer Academy

Founding Director Borchardt gave a lecture for the DAAD Summer Academy “International Criminal Law in Theory and Practice” for participants from Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine as well as for participating students of Passau University. He used his presentation “The Nuremberg Principles and the Future” also to introduce the Academy to the participants.


Human Rights Committee of the German Parliament visits the Academy

On 14 June a delegation of the Human Rights Committee of the German Parliament visited the Academy. Founding Director Borchardt, Marjana Papa, Head of Interdisciplinary Research and Friederike Mieth, Head of Human Rights Education briefed the members of parliament about the conceptual approach of the Academy and about specific projects and modalities of their implementation. Support for the concept and work of the Academy were expressed.



Occasional Paper No. 1 Transitional Justice in Germany after 1945 and after 1990 by Sanya Romeike

The publication wishes to give its readers – especially those from countries facing the task of dealing with past dictatorships and wars – an overview of Germany’s experience, spanning the last 70 years of the country’s history. The study opens a vista for the reader, facilitating their access to these German experiences; it also aims to support its readers in acquiring more in-depth knowledge about single subtopics and instruments.

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Occasional Paper No. 2 The Special Criminal Court and Accountability in the Central African Republic: Legal and Policy Recommendations by Dr. Godfrey M Musila

This paper examines the proposed options for justice and reconciliation in the Central African Republic and proposes policy recommendations on how mechanisms identified should be implemented. It provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between various options for justice, including the International Criminal Court and the proposed Special Criminal Court considered within the national transitional justice framework – the Republican Pact for Peace, National Reconciliation and Reconstruction – agreed on by the Bangui Forum on 11th May 2015. With respect to the Special Criminal Court, it reflects on its operation based on the current text of the law, and proposes policy recommendations drawn in part from the experience of similar courts as they relate to subject matter jurisdiction, the prosecutorial function, victims’ rights, witness protection, the court’s relationship with other courts, and non-judicial accountability mechanisms. The paper discusses how mechanisms of accountability relate to the broader transitional justice project, including constitutional reforms and others aimed at establishing peace and stability. Adopting a broad conception of justice – one that is not restricted to retributive justice – the paper locates victims within the transitional justice and criminal accountability project and argues that peace and stability as long term goals will remain elusive if the concerns of victims – however defined – are not addressed. The paper consequently argues that policy makers must fashion responses that address a multiplicity of concerns and interests in the Central African Republic.

The author Dr. Godfrey M Musila was the Head of International Criminal Law Research at the Nuremberg Academy before moving to his current post as Commissioner at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.

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Ongoing Projects:

Online Platform on Acceptance launched

The Academy launched its online platform on the Acceptance of International Criminal Justice which serves as an educational hub and resource center for academics and practitioners working within the sphere of the acceptance of international criminal justice in situation countries.

The online platform introduces the team, experts, fellows, research approach and learning tools, as well as the first part of an online edited publication regarding legal, social and political dimensions of the acceptance of international criminal justice by relevant actors in different situation countries and societies. The acceptance study is the first interdisciplinary research project of the Nuremberg Academy, aiming at developing a comprehensive research tool and building interdisciplinary research capacities in different situation countries. Through the acceptance project the Nuremberg Academy contributes to understanding ‘how international criminal justice is accepted by relevant actors in situation countries?’ and provides consolidated findings to practitioners and academics.

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Summer Academy – ICL Summer Academy for Junior Professionals

From 1-12 August 2016, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy will host the ICL Summer Academy for Junior Professionals. The Summer Academy is designed to provide participants an opportunity to acquire or deepen their knowledge of theoretical, substantive and procedural aspects of international criminal law. With the facilitation of leading experts and practitioners, participants will also acquire practical knowledge on all aspects relating to the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of core international crimes and get an introduction to transnational crimes. The 25 participants will be drawn from the following countries: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Cote d’Ivoire; Central African Republic (CAR); Nigeria; Kosovo; Ukraine; Georgia; Syria and Kurdistan and will also include 6 young scholars of international criminal law and humanitarian law from countries currently experiencing or likely to experience challenges in the field of accountability for international crimes.

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Summer Academy – Education in the Aftermath of Conflict: Learning from the Past?

From 15-20 August 2016, the Nuremberg Academy holds a Summer Academy with a focus on Education with the title “Education in the Aftermath of Conflict: Learning from the past?” The week-long Summer Academy explores the role of education in the aftermath of conflict. Building a dialogue among professionals and practitioners from post-conflict countries and Germany, it seeks to understand how different educational approaches—history education, human rights education, and peace education — interrelate with another in post-conflict settings and how they can be relevant for societies facing legacies of conflict and repression. A report on the Summer Academy will be made available in fall 2016.

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Workshop: The Role of NGOs in Promoting Accountability for Conflict Related Sexual Crimes

On 12-13 September 2016, the Nuremberg Academy will bring together various stakeholders, such as judicial staff, NGO representatives and victims organizations, in order to further discussions on the modalities of cooperation and related cross-cutting issues. Over recent years, the prosecution of sexual violence in conflict has become an area of vital concern in international criminal justice. The number of successful prosecutions has been paltry compared to the overwhelming statistics relating to the scale of the commission of such crimes. In light of this, international courts have initiated projects to enhance the cooperation between prosecutors and NGOs/civil society organizations with the aim of improving the accountability of perpetrators of sexual violence. However, whilst a number of best practices guidelines addressing this issue exist, challenges in cooperation remain. At the workshop these stakeholders will discuss how to foster mutual respect and increase understanding of the potential roles and responsibilities of NGOs and civil society organizations in the prosecution of sexual violence crimes. Please visit the Nuremberg Academy webpage for more information on this workshop.

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Upcoming Events:

Nuremberg Forum 2016, 4-5 November

The continuing evolution of the Nuremberg principles in light of the contemporary jurisprudence of international criminal courts

This year’s Forum will be held on 4-5 November and commemorates the adoption of the seven Nuremberg Principles by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946. The seven principles now form the bedrock of modern international criminal law and justice.

This year’s conference will deal with specific aspects in respect of each of the seven Nuremberg Principles. Indeed, while the contours of some of the principles can be regarded as ‘settled’, differences of view continue to exist on the interpretation or application of specific aspects of the principles. The principle on immunities is one such principle. The Forum will offer space for leading academics and practitioners to analyse, debate, critique developments and to chart a trajectory for the future of each of the principles.

We look forward to greeting all those who will speak and participateat the forum.


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Text source: Text lifted from International Nuremberg Principles Academy Newsletter (June 2016 edition)

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