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Guest lecture by H.E. Judge Bertram Schmitt of the International Criminal Court

Thursday 8 December 2016
Leiden, KOG, room C1.31

Judge Bertram Schmitt is a presiding judge of Trial Chamber VII (Bemba II), Trial Chamber IX (Ongwen), and a member of Trial Chamber VIII (Al Mahdi). He has more than 23 years of experience as a judge in criminal cases. He has served on the bench of the Federal Court of Justice, Germany`s supreme court for civil and criminal matters, since 2005. He was also a presiding judge at a Regional Court, dealing with criminal cases involving homicide, sexual violence against women and children and organized crime. In 2009, Judge Schmitt was appointed as an ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Since 2009, he has represented Germany on Eurojust’s Joint Supervisory Body in The Hague. Judge Schmitt also has an extensive academic record. Since 2000 he is an adjunct professor of criminal law, criminal procedure and criminology at the University of Würzburg. He is one of two authors of the standard German commentary on criminal procedure, which includes the annotation of the European Convention on Human Rights.  

Judge Schmitt’s upcoming lecture at the Leiden Law School is entitled Procedural Issues of the Trial at the ICC. Observations by a Presiding Judge”. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.

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