Announcement: Expert Seminar on ICC Preliminary Examinations and Legacy/Sustainable Exit

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Dear all,

Below is an announcement for what promises to be a fascinating and productive workshop on ICC Preliminary Examinations and Legacy/Sustainable Exit at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

I will be attending and will provide some comments on the potential impact of preliminary examinations of conflict and peace processes. I look forward to seeing some of you there!


The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies and the Centre for International Law Research and Policy are hosting an international expert seminar on 29 September 2015 at the Peace Palace on:

“The Peripheries of Justice Intervention: Preliminary Examination and Legacy/Sustainable Exit”

In contemporary discussions on the impact and effectiveness of international criminal justice, considerable emphasis has been placed on trials, legal procedures and their effects. Less attention has been devoted to the peripheries of justice intervention (the ‘in’ and the ‘out’), namely preliminary examinations (‘PEs’) and exit/legacy strategies. Both activities are crucial for the accomplishment of goals and mandate of international courts and tribunals, but not yet subjected to systematic discourse. This seminar explores four key themes that require further attention in strategy, research and practice:

  • Context, nature and function of Preliminary Examinations,
  • The legal framework of Preliminary Examinations,
  • The methodology of Preliminary Examinations; and
  • ‘Legacy’ and Sustainable Exit after Intervention.

The purpose of this expert seminar is to take stock of policies and practices regarding the peripheries of justice intervention, to review some of the existing approaches, and to identify potential strategies to address underlying tensions and problems. It is held in context of the project on ‘Post-Conflict Justice and Local Ownership’, carried out by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, with support of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please contact Ms. Lieneke Louman at Registration is upon individual confirmation.

Please click here for the concept note and conference programme.

About Mark Kersten

Mark Kersten is a consultant at the Wayamo Foundation, a Senior Researcher at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and a law student at McGill University Law School. He is also author of the book, 'Justice in Conflict - The Effects of the International Criminal Court's Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace' (Oxford University Press, 2016).
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1 Response to Announcement: Expert Seminar on ICC Preliminary Examinations and Legacy/Sustainable Exit

  1. Alexa says:

    The event would be nice if it were not going to be the usual complacent nazel-gazing, faked self-praise, mitually assured masturbation and general immunization to all critiique and (direly needed) improvement.
    Dixi et salvavi animam meam.

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