Symposium Focuses on International Criminal Courts in Africa
December 14, 2007
The symposium brought together members of the chambers, prosecution, and defense of the ICTR with academics, legal practitioners, government officials, and civil society actors from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Sierra Leone, as well as from Europe and North America. Participants discussed the successes and challenges of the ICTR, in particular, but also those of other courts on the continent, in bringing to justice persons who have committed genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
The significance of particular ICTR cases for Africa was also discussed, including the Akayesu Case, which found that rape can constitute an act of genocide, and the Media Case, where journalists and media owners were found responsible for incitement to criminal activity through radio broadcasts and newspapers. Other symposium sessions addressed the fairness of proceedings in international criminal tribunals and how these tribunals' work can foster the rule of law in national jurisdictions.
Swigart was accompanied by Brandeis undergraduate Daniel Koosed '08, who interned at the ICTR as an Ethics Center Student Fellow during summer 2007, when he assisted in the planning of the symposium.