Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Gaza-Israel: Panel Discussion

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE, Dr Nena Tromp, Avi Shlaim

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice chairs a panel discussion on the Gaza-Israel conflict and the issues raised in his lecture.

The panel includes more members of a fact finding trip to Gaza and Israel. The Panel answers questions form the audience.

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Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971.  He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or  pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court.  He works for several related NGO’s and lectures and commentates in the media in various countries on international war crimes issues.  He has been a part-time judge since 1984 sitting at the Old Bailey and has sat as judge in other jurisdictions, tribunals and inquiries.  Between 2009 and 2012 he was Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board, the body that regulates barristers.

The six free public law lectures for 2013/14 Sir Geoffrey delivered as Gresham Professor of Law included four lectures on how legal process can fail the citizen in armed conflict, one explaining advocacy work in courts, and a final lecture covering recent legal changes.

The first five of his 2012-13 lectures dealt with issues arising from the work of international criminal courts and tribunals.  The sixth contrasted the practice of law in international criminal courts where there is little or no effective regulation of lawyers and judges with the present working practices of the English Bar.

Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC continues his Law series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled 'Law and Lawyers - not all bad?'.

Professor Nice's previous lecture series are as follows:

2015/16 Law and Lawyers - not all bad?
2014/15 From Human Rights to Srebrenica
2013/14 Law Lectures by Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
2012/13 International Criminal Courts

All of Professor Nice's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

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Sir Nick is Formerly Commander-in-Chief of the UK Land Forces.

He has held several senior operational military tour posts throughout his career including UK Joint Task Force and advisor to the President of Sierra Leone in 2001; Deputy Commanding General (UK) Multi-National Corps Iraq from August 2005 to February 2006 and Deputy Commander of the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan from November 2009 to October 2010.  He is currently the UK’s advisor on reform to the Ukrainian Minister of Defence.  

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Dr Nena Tromp’s expertise is in the study of political violence committed through mass atrocities and in Transitional Justice in post-conflict societies.

Since 1992 she has been a lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Between 2000 and 2012 she was a member of the Leadership Research Team (LRT) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and from 2000 to 2006 was the principle researcher in the team prosecuting Slobodan Milošević, the former President of Serbia. Between 2012 and 2103 she was attached at the Dutch Institute for War Documentation.

Tromp's upcoming book Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević: Unfinished Trial will be published in March 2016 by Routledge Publishers.

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Avi Shlaim

Avi is an Iraqi-born British/Israeli historian and published author. He is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is seen as one of Israel's 'New Historians' – a group of scholars who interpret the history of Zionism and Israel.

Avi is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper.

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