Iredell Lecture in Law and History 2017

The Efficacy of International Criminal Tribunals as Recorders of History from Nuremberg to The Hague

Prof. Dr Guenael Mettraux (Professor of International Criminal Law and Procedure, University of Amsterdam)

Tuesday 21st March, 6pm

Cavendish Lecture Theatre

Wine Reception in Faraday Foyer from 5pm

The moral authority of the judgements of the Nuremberg Tribunal entailed on its successors the belief that, thanks to their impartiality and high standards of proof, international tribunals are uniquely qualified to write an objective account of instances of mass atrocities. Courtrooms have become battlegrounds on which nations, victims’ communities, defendants and the international community converge in order to influence the judicial narrative. But how well-suited is the judicial process to establishing historical truths? Drawing on his experience as a practitioner of international criminal law and as a scholar, Professor Mettraux investigates these difficult questions and offers insight into the role of history in international criminal justice – and of international criminal justice in the writing of history.

Prof. Dr Guenael Mettraux is Professor of International Criminal Law and Procedure at the University of Amsterdam. His publications include The Law of Command Responsibility, awarded the 2009 Lieber Prize, Perspectives on the Nuremberg Trials and International Crimes and Ad Hoc Tribunals. He advises states, NGOs and individuals on matters of international criminal law, has served as counsel at international criminal tribunals and is a judge at the newly created Kosovo Special Chambers.

This event is free to attend and open to all. Places should be booked through Eventbrite.