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Between a rock and a hard place: Are we asking too much of the International Criminal Court?

12 July 2018

NZLF DVF Prof McCormack
2018 New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow Prof Tim McCormack

by the 2018 New Zealand Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow Professor Tim McCormack

Every decision the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor takes is contested - too soft on States/too hard on States; politically motivated/naïve about the political implications of her decisions; favouring the powerful States/not taking the interests of powerful States seriously enough. All criticisms, even diametrically opposed criticisms, have some substantive basis even if we disagree with them. Expectations of the institution of the Court have never been higher and yet the limitations - particularly to the Court’s jurisdiction - have never been more exposed.

As we mark the 16th anniversary of ICC's entry into force on 1 July 2018, it is an opportune time to reflect on the institution of the Court, its major achievements to date and some of the critical challenges it faces in the next critical phase of its history.

Date: Thursday 12 July 2018 
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am  
Venue: Moot Court, Law Building, University of Waikato

Please RSVP here.

Professor Tim McCormack

Professor Tim McCormack is Dean of the University of Tasmania Law School and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia.

Tim has held a number of significant appointments including as: Fulbright Senior Fellow to take up the positions of James Barr Ames Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (January 2016) and as Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island (2015-16); International Observer (with Lord David Trimble) of Phase II of the Government of Israel's Turkel Commission of Enquiry into Israel's Mechanisms for Investigating Alleged Violations of the Law of Armed Conflict, Jerusalem (2011-2013); Foundation Australian Red Cross Professor of International Humanitarian Law at Melbourne Law School (1996-2010); Law of War Expert Adviser to the Defence Team for David Hicks, US Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay (2004-2007); and Amicus Curiae on International Law issues for the Trial of Slobodan Milosevic, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague (2002-2006).

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