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Approaching Its Teenage Years:  Contemporary Challenges for the International Criminal Court

New England Journal of International and Comparative Law annual symposium

Friday, March 16, 2012

New England Law | Boston, Cherry Room, 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA

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The International Criminal Court's upcoming tenth anniversary was the focus of “Approaching Its Teenage Years,” which presented and examined the successes and failures of the ICC from the perspectives of the prosecution and defense, and presented suggestions and changes to preserve the institution’s future effectiveness.

Panelists discussed ongoing proceedings with a focus on recent arrest warrants for war crimes issued for Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast, the first former head of state to be surrendered to the ICC; Saif al-Islam Gadhafi of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s captured son and one-time heir apparent; and Abdullah al-Sanussi, Gadhafi’s spy chief. The symposium also looked at the ICC’s potential investigation of Syria for killing more than 5,000 people since the uprising began there.

Symposium Program

The Symposium Program contains complete details concerning the schedule of events and speakers.


Cecile Aptel, associate professor of international law, The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Professor Margaret Burnham, Northeastern University School of Law

Nancy Combs, vice dean and professor of law, William and Mary School of Law

Susana SáCouto, professorial lecturer-in-residence director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law

John Washburn, convener, The American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the ICC (AMICC)

Jamie Williamson, associate visiting professor of law