Schedule of Events

  • Sherman Scholar Colloquium
    Wednesday, Oct. 2, 3-5 p.m.
    Dobo Hall Room 103
  • Emerging Scholar Presentation
    Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
    Burney Center
  • Sherman Emerging Scholar Panel Discussion Friday, Oct.4, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Cameron Hall 212

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2013 Sherman Emerging Scholar

matthew Gillett

Mr. Matthew Gillett

“Atrocity and Accountability: International Criminal Tribunals and Peacemaking”

Thursday, Oct. 3
7:30 p.m.
Burney Center

Atrocity and Accountability investigates the most serious crimes known to mankind and the mechanisms available to serve justice on those responsible. After the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials of the World War Two Axis leaders, international war crimes trials all but disappeared in the following decades. The end of the Cold War in the late 20th Century witnessed the coming together of legal, political and diplomatic currents that abetted the reemergence of international criminal tribunals, established to prosecute and adjudicate the worst atrocities. These new tribunals have addressed ruthless crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Lebanon, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and other war-torn regions. But holding high level figures accountable continues to provoke questions of legitimacy and the alleged dichotomy between peace and justice. These issues are increasingly significant with new crimes such as aggression, terrorism, and crimes against the environment being incorporated into the legal architecture of the international judicial system. International trials are frequently hailed as a means of securing lasting peace, but their impact raises questions about the limits on the reach of international criminal law. This lecture provides the perspective of an insider, who has worked for the Office of the Prosecutor in The Hague on several international trials for crimes ranging from wanton destruction to genocide.



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