6 Feb 19:30
- 22:30
UM Star Lecture in Paris

Addressing the needs of victims of terrorism

In this lecture, Professor Rianne Letschert will address the complex issue of providing redress to victims of severe international crimes, such as terrorism. She acted as an Expert Witness in the Legal Representative for Victims Team for 5 years. This team is part of the Special Tribunal of Lebanon, which was set up to investigate the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005; it will most probably give its judgement on this case in the beginning of 2020.

Based on her experiences at the tribunal, Professor Letschert will explain how the victims involved perceived justice to be served (lecture in English).

About the speaker


Professor Rianne Letschert studied International Law at Tilburg University, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Montpellier. In March 2011, Professor Letschert was appointed professor to the chair in Victimology and International Law at Tilburg University. Professor Letschert received a large grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in May 2015 for her legal and empirical research on the impact of international tribunals on societies and on people who are confronted with serious violations of human rights and international crime. Professor Letschert has been Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University since 1 September 2016. In 2019, she was awarded the title ‘Top Woman of the Year’.

This lecture is part of traditional series of lectures for alumni: the UM Star Lectures. The other 13 lectures are organized in 13 different cities and 5 countries on the same day, at the same time. This event is organised to reach out to and inspire alumni, share academic insights, experiences and memories, and to create an interconnected UM Alumni Community.

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