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Friday, 21 March 2014, 11:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

North Korea's Unspeakable Crimes Against Humanity: Discussed

Sonja Biserko, Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Michael Kirby

This panel discussion welcome input and questions from all wh attended the evnet. As such we hear first hand from witnesses and victims to the atrocities and hear important questions on what the witnesses have to brave to testify, what the international community is doing to support the report and evnt to prevent future abuses. 

The Panel Members for the discussion are:

The Hon Michael Kirby; A top lawyer and judge in his native Australia and the leader of the commission.

Sonja Biserko; a renowned lawyer who has worked on many international criminal cases and human rights investigations.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC; Grehsam Professor of Law and one of Britain's most highly esteemed barristers.

The full report can be downloaded from the Commissioner for Human Rights Website.

sonja-biserko

Founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. Written extensively on the wars in the former Yugoslavia and war crimes including on the Srebrenica genocide, the fall of Vukovar, and accounts of the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Vojislav Seselj. Founding member of a European movement in Yugoslavia and the Centre for Anti-War Action in the Belgrade Forum for International Relations. Senior fellow in the United States Institute of Peace.  In 1994 she received the Human Rights Award of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights in New York. In 2005 was one of 1,000 women in the group 1,000 Women for Peace nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize of the City of Weimar (Germany) jointly with Jestina Mukoko. In 2010 awarded the Human Rights Award of the University of Oslo. Holds a degree from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics.

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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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michael-kirby

Retired judge, jurist and academic. Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1996 to 2009. President of the International Commission of Jurists (1995-98), member of UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1996), President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-1996); Member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-1991); and Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Cambodia (1994-96). Special concerns have included human rights, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the impact of science and technology on society and its laws. In the past he has been involved in issues raised by HIV/AIDS, including sexuality and the law.

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