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Victims before International Criminal Courts: A Challenge for International Criminal Justice
Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights
presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
NOV 21, 2011
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit

Victim participation in international criminal justice is a new trend of the 21st century. Although victims had access to international justice before the human rights courts were established, the international criminal court (ICC) has gone a step further by allowing them to participate in criminal proceedings. In addition, the ICC-system allows the Court to order reparations. This system, which seems closer to civil law than common law, poses important legal questions and practical challenges when applied before international criminal courts, in cases involving massive numbers of victims. With the first two trials at the ICC nearing completion, the picture of what victim participation means in practice is gradually emerging.
Speaker Information
Christine Van den WyngaertHon. Christine Van den Wyngaert
Judge, International Criminal Court
Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert graduated from Brussels University in 1974 and obtained a Ph.D. in International Criminal Law in 1979. At the University of Antwerp (1985-2005), she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative criminal law and international criminal law. She authored numerous publications on these topics and on human rights. She was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (1994-97) and a visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosch, S. Africa (2001). The University of Uppsala, Sweden awarded her a Doctorate Honoris Causa (2001) and she is also a doctor honoris causa of the Free University of Brussels (2009). An expert for the International Law Association and the International Association of Penal Law, she was an observer of the Human Rights League at the trial of Helen Passtoors in Johannesburg (1986). In 2006, Judge Van den Wyngaert was awarded the Prize of the Human Rights League. She was a member of the Criminal Procedure Reform Commission in Belgium (Commission Franchimont, 1991-98) and an expert for the European Union in various criminal law projects. She was an ad hoc judge in the International Court of Justice in the Arrest Warrant Case (2000-02) and was elected a judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2003-09). She was elected for a nine-year mandate (2009-18) as a judge at the International Criminal Court.

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