This is a special seminar with Judge Meron. As a special event, we will have the honour to use The Old Library, All Souls College.
On 22 December 2010, the UN Security Council established the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals as an ad hoc institution to carry out a number of essential functions of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda after their closure. Although the Mechanism is modeled on its pioneering predecessor institutions, it also embodies key differences, and its establishment has served as a catalyst for a critical consideration of best practices and policies developed in the field of international criminal justice over the past two decades. This presentation will provide an introduction to the Mechanism and its work as well as examining how the Mechanism may serve as a new and valuable model of international criminal tribunal. The implications of the Mechanism and its work for the future of international criminal justice and for local efforts to ensure accountability will also be explored.
Judge Theodor Meron is a professor of international law and the current President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). A leading scholar of international humanitarian law, human rights, and international criminal law, Judge Meron wrote some of the books and articles that helped build the legal foundations for international criminal tribunals. Judge Meron received his legal education at the Universities of Jerusalem, Harvard and Cambridge.