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Prosecuting Pinochet: The Challenges & Obstacles to the Pursuit of Justice in Chile

Date: 2 May 2006 Time: 4.00-5.30 pm

When Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet returned to Chile in March 2000, following his 18 month detention in Britain, many wondered whether Chile's Government would live up to its claim that Pinochet could and would be fairly tried at home. Prof. Sugarman's paper describes and analyses the struggle to prosecute Pinochet in Chile since he returned home, and its implications. It seeks to make an empirically-based contribution to the largely theoretical debates concerning: the interaction between law and politics; the judicialisation of power; the efficacy of human rights, and the ability of courts, activist lawyers and social movements to find new paths to substantive justice; globalization; the denial of organised atrocities and the struggle to acknowledge the past; and the impact of international (i.e., third country) as distinct from domestic accountability. "This is a fascinating period in Chile's history", says Prof. Sugarman. "Until relatively recently it was unthinkable that Pinochet could be brought to trial in his own county, but gradually the tide seems to be turning. Now the courts have lifted his legal immunity and declared him fit to stand trial. After more than 30 years of struggle, Pinochet is closer than ever to being brought to justice. This opens the door to further questions being asked about the Pinochet years and those people who actively participated in his regime."

Prof. Sugarman's talk will take place on Tuesday, 2 May 2006, IAS Room MR2, from 4.5.30 pm. This is a joint seminar organised by the Law School and The Richardson Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Everyone is welcome.


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