Last week, the Centre for Criminology held a seminar titled 'Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice: Real Power or Empty Rhetoric?'. Victim participation is an innovation in the realm of international criminal justice. The interpretation of victims’ participatory rights in international criminal proceedings has been diffuse and at times divergent, betraying a far from cohesive and consistent approach. Whilst the apparent benefits of participation seem self-evident, and may lead, at least in theory, to the realisation of the aspiration of restorative justice for victims, the manner in which victim participation has been crafted and interpreted in the trials before the International Criminal Court and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has raised some important issues and questions regarding its role and impact with respect to the functionality of court proceedings, the rights of the accused, and the rights of victims themselves. The seminar offered a platform for discussion through a range of theoretical and practical perspectives on the role, content and implications of victim participation.

Moderated by Rudina Jasini, the speakers were:

Professor Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law and Director of New York Law School’s Institute for Global Law, Justice & Policy

Mr Jens Dieckmann, Common Legal Representative of Victims in the ICC Banda Case and Associate Member at 9 Bedford Row International

Ms Saranda Bogujvci, Member of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo and the first child victim to have testified in a war crime trial

Dr Sara Kendall, Senior Lecturer in International Law and Co-Director of Centre for Critical International Law at Kent Law School

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