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When International Justice Meets “Foreign” Cultures (Part II) – “Fact-finding Without Facts” by Professor Nancy Combs

 


The Conference at the T.M. C. Asser Institute, in The Hague

Part II of my posts on the difficulties raised when international justice encounters “foreign” cultures (see Part I here) – or to be more exact, cultures and cultural paradigms it is not familiar with – is due to the fascinating conference I attended this evening at the T.M. C. Asser Institute as part of their Supranational Criminal Law Lectures series, which featured Professor Nancy Combs of William & Mary Law School.

The conference was about Professor Combs’ latest book, titled rather provocatively “Fact-finding Without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions” (Amazon link here, Professor Combs’ presentation of the book over at the IntlLawGrrls blog here). So it was an exercise in self-promotion, but it was so fascinating, Professor Combs’ work is so original and well thought-out, and she is such a great speaker, that I can only forgive her. Besides, everyone’s got to make a living, even academics. And it’s such a pleasure to finally put a face on the articles I’ve read by Professor Combs during my LLM. So yes, I’m quite under the charm.

This post gathers a recollection of what I heard tonight, with the help of my notes. It’s a mix of what Professor Combs said, more or less paraphrased, and even extrapolated at times as I insert some of my own thoughts. I do not speak for Nancy Combs – and be warned that I might have gotten something wrong, or interpreted her words in a subjective and/or incorrect manner. In any case, do not challenge me on what Professor Combs might have said – and if in doubt, I can only recommend that you check out her book. I certainly will.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Conference on Fact-Finding in International Law by Nancy Combs tonight in The Hague

Sorry about the late posting, this completely slipped my mind. There’s another conference at the T.M. C. Asser Institute tonight in The Hague, with Professor Nancy Combs.

Here is the summary, from the T.M.C. Asser Institute’s website:

Title: ‘Factfinding in International Criminal Law
Speaker: Nancy Combs
Time: 19.30
Location: T.M.C. Asser Instituut

Registration not needed, seats available on a first come first serve basis

“The presentation will explore the issues raised in Combs’s new book “Fact-finding Without Facts:  The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions.”  In particular, Combs will detail the testimonial deficiencies that impede fact-finding at many international tribunals and will consider ways in which those fact-finding impediments can be ameliorated.”

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, the T.M.C. Asser Institute and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court invite you to the Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series.

The Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series (SCL Lecture Series), aim to contribute to information-sharing and public discourse on contemporary legal issues, while benefiting from the input of distinguished practitioners and experts in the field. The lecture series are particulary interesting for all professionals working with, or interested, in international legal activities in The Hague. These include lawyers, journalists, diplomats, NGO representatives, LL.M-students, and academics. However, everyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

And for those who have doubts, let me remind you that the Conference is free!

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SCL Lecture Series – Booklaunch and lecture by author Maria Nybondas and discussant Judge Kourula

I just wanted to post a quick heads-up to all our readers in The Hague right now. This coming Wednesday, there’s an interesting event in the Supranational Criminal Law Lectures series, organized by the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies, the T.M. C. Asser Institute and my current employer, the Coalition for the ICC. Here is the presentation of the lecture:

Lecture on the occassion of the publication of the book:

Command Responsibility and Its Applicability to Civilian Superiors by Maria Nybondas

Title of the lecture: The Purpose of Command Responsibility under International Criminal Law?
Speaker: Maria Nybondas
Discussant: Judge Kourula
The lecture is followed by a reception.
Registration not needed, seats available on a first come first serve basis

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, the T.M.C. Asser Institute and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court invite you to the Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series.
The Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series (SCL Lecture Series), aim to contribute to information-sharing and public discourse on contemporary legal issues, while benefiting from the input of distinguished practitioners and experts in the field. The lecture series are particulary interesting for all professionals working with, or interested, in international legal activities in The Hague. These include lawyers, journalists, diplomats, NGO representatives, LL.M-students, and academics. However, everyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

The event is located at the T.M. C. Asser Institute, at R.J. Schimmelpennincklan 20 in The Hague. It starts at 19H30. I’ll be there to attend, so if anyone is going as well, I look forward to meeting you there.

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