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Conversation with Norman Farrell

Thursday 24 March 2022
Turfmarkt 99
Den Haag

Twenty-eight years have gone by since the creation of the ICTY launched the beginning of a modern era of international criminal prosecutions. The flurry of  international criminal justice initiatives that followed were diverse in nature,  with the UN Security Council  appointed ad hoc Tribunals and the Lebanon Tribunal at two ends of the spectrum. Over time this gave way  to a less dense but still complex landscape today, where residual jurisdictional systems coexist with the ICC as well as with novel institutions, such as the recent international mechanisms. What lessons can be drawn from this period? Have international criminal prosecutions lived up to their promise? What challenges have affected or continue to affect the ability of international prosecutors to seek accountability for the most heinous crimes? Has the international community sufficiently supported international prosecutions and have they provided a true measure of justice? 

Norman Farrell is uniquely placed to provide some answers to these and other related questions as someone who has been engaged at a senior level throughout this process His extensive hands-on experience covers  litigation of appellate cases at both the ICTY and ICTR as Senior Appeals Counsel of the Office of the Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor at the ICTY and, more recently, Chief Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is now in its final phase of operations. Interviewed by Fabricio Guariglia (Director of Prosecutions, ICC), he will share his insights into international criminal prosecutions then, now and in the future, and reflect on his own personal journey from a practicing attorney in his native Canada to the international criminal arena. Leiden Professor Larissa van den Herik will open the event and share  introductory remarks. 

Please see the recording of the event here.

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