The Role of the Victim in the International Criminal Trial

Public Lecture by Dame Silvia Cartwright

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

TIME: 6.00pm, pre-lecture drinks from 5:30pm

VENUE: Pre-lecture drinks: N.1.03, Law Building

Lecture: Executive Rooms, MSB.1.37, Management Building

Please RSVP to by Friday19 May 2017.

The civil law system places more emphasis on the role of the victim in the criminal trial than the common law system. In an international criminal trial based in the civil law system, the role of the victim is of pivotal importance. For the first time in an international criminal trial, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, following Cambodian criminal trial procedures gave legal status to the victims. The issues that arose will be instructive for the International Criminal Court and for other ad hoc international courts that seek to emulate the ECCC’s experience.

The focus of the presentation will be on the victims’ evidence and experience of the trial process.

Dame Silvia Cartwright

Dame Silvia CartwrightDame Silvia Cartwright was born in Dunedin and she graduated with a LLB from Otago University in 1967. After several years in private practice, she embarked on a judicial career that culminated in her appointment to the High Court - the first woman in New Zealand to achieve this. In 1987 and 1988, Dame Silvia chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the Treatment of Cervical Cancer and Other Related Matters at National Women’s Hospital (the Cartwright Inquiry). She was a member of the United Nations committee monitoring compliance with the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 and Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2001 and received the Queen’s Service Order in 2006. After completing her tenure as Governor-General in August 2006, she took up a position as a trial judge on the United Nations Tribunal investigating war crimes in Cambodia.