The Oxford Global Justice Lecture was recently established by the Oxford Law Faculty, as an annual lecture to be delivered each year by a leading figure in international law. The lecture series is generously supported by the Planethood Foundation.
The 2017 lecture was delivered by Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at 5.00pm on Thursday 12 Oct 2017 in the Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Hands Building, at Mansfield College.
Reflections on Peace & Justice in the 21st Century: A perspective from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
How does the pursuit of international criminal justice contribute towards the ends of peace? Should justice be sequenced to cater for peace processes or can a workable harmony be found to advance both these virtues? This lecture aimed to answer these important questions, more specifically within the Rome Statute legal framework.
In front of an interested audience in the Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Fatou Bensouda shared her experiences on the interplay of peace and justice in the 21st century, finding that it is not only desirable, but actually possible to reach peace without abandoning justice. The Prosecutor recalled that the creation of the ICC is the result of the experience of centuries of suffering in the face of the world’s most heinous crimes, and found that its establishment must be regarded as one of humanity’s proudest moments.
A video link can be found here.
Previous speakers for this series:
Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia & President of the UN Mechanism for International Tribunals: International Criminal Tribunals and the Rule of Law, 1 December 2014
Patricia O'Brien, Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs, United Nations: International Criminal Justice: Where Do We Stand Today? The Inaugural Oxford Global Justice Lecture 2013. The full text of MsO'Brien's lecture can be found here.