89 Jun

Symposium Contemporary Challenges and Alternatives to International Criminal Justice

The system of international criminal justice was established in response to gross human rights violations committed during World War II. Despite its development over the past seven decades, challenges and critiques remain unresolved or have subsequently emerged, particularly in the context of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Key issues include amnesties, immunities, controversial acquittals, non-cooperation, interpretative fragmentation, and cultural clashes. Criticism emerged as a reaction to the perception of impunity and the system’s underachievement. It is important to reflect on the extent to which such challenges are inherent to the system and whether they can be overcome. What is the state of international criminal justice today? What impact have these challenges had on the system’s integrity, currency, and credibility? To what extent can we prevent or remedy them?

The 2020 symposium on contemporary challenges and alternatives to international criminal justice seeks to explore whether the current status of international criminal justice leads to the future society expects. The symposium will be structured around four subthemes:
I) The status quo of international criminal justice;
II) General challenges to the system;
III) Differences between legal systems;
IV) The future of international criminal justice?


Monday, 8 June 2020
09:00 – 10:00. Opening Speech
10:00 – 11:00. Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00. Panel I
12:00 – 13:00. Lunch
13:00 – 14:30. Panel II
14:30 – 15:00. Coffee break
15:00 – 16:30. Panel III

Tuesday, 9 June 2020
09:00 – 10:30. Panel IV
10:30 – 11:00. Coffee
11:00 – 12:30. Panel V
12:30 – 14:00. Lunch
14:00 – 15:00. Closing keynote speech

Call for papers

Please download the full call for papers here.

PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, young academics, professionals are invited to submit an abstract (length: max. 300 words) on these and related questions. Abstracts must be in English and submitted by e-mail (ypc[at]youngpenalists[dot]com) by March 9th, 2020, along with contact and affiliation information, and a short CV (max. 1 page).

Decisions on individual submissions and presentations are expected by mid-March 2020.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work in one of the panel sessions. After presentations of 15 minutes each, a short discussion will follow.

Authors of accepted abstracts are furthermore invited to submit a written version of their presentation (length: 4.000–8.000 words including references), which, if meeting quality standards and submitted to the organizing committee by July 31st 2020, will be published.