The International Criminal Court’s Second Decade: Opening Session

24 Feb 2012 12:30
24 Feb 2012 14:00

Keynote Speech by Christine Van Den Wyngaert

The spring lecture series 2012 will kick off with a keynote speech by judge Christine Van Den Wyngaert. Given her impressive academic and judicial experience and her insider's view, she is the perfect person to launch the lecture series on the future of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She will reflect on the main challenges faced by the ICC in its first decade and suggest the best way forward to tackle them as the Court is entering the second decade of its existence.

Judge Van Den Wyngaert (1952) graduated from Brussels University in 1974 and obtained a PhD in International Criminal Law in 1979. She was a professor of law at the University of Antwerp (1985 - 2005) where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative criminal law and international criminal law. She authored numerous publications in all these fields. She was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (Centre for European Legal Studies (1994 - 1996), Research Centre for International Law (1996 & 1997)) and a visiting professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2001). Her merits as an academic were recognised in the form of a Doctorate Honoris Causa, awarded by the University of Uppsala, Sweden (2001). In 2010, she was awarded a doctorate honoris causa by the University of Brussels, Belgium. Furthermore, she has extensive international judicial experience. She served in the International Court of Justice as an ad hoc judge in the Arrest Warrant Case (2000 - 2002) and was elected as a judge in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where she served for more than five years (2003 - 2009). Since 2009, she is a judge at the International Criminal Court.

This lecture is the first session of a series of lectures on the International Criminal Court and is organised by the Institute for European Studies in cooperation with the Global Governance Institute.
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Registration & Venue

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. A lunch reception is provided at 12:30 and will be followed by the lecture itself at 13:00. Register!

Institute for European Studies
Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Rome & Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels

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