Fighting Impunity: a shared Responsibility – A Speaker Series Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute (with support from the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU)

 

Press Release
June 7th 2018

Schiller International University Heidelberg

announces

“The Rome Statute at 20: the Views of a former ICC Judge”

as part of its new speaker series:

Fighting Impunity: a shared Responsibility –
A Speaker Series Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute
(with support from the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU)

Schiller International University (SIU),
Heidelberg, is pleased to welcome Her Excellency
Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, President of the
Kosovo Specialist Chambers and former member
of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Judge
Trendafilova will open the series with a talk and
moderated discussion followed by a Q&A session:
“The Rome Statute at 20: the Views of a
former ICC Judge.”
Open to the public, the talk and discussion
session will take place Tuesday, June 19th, 6
p.m. at the Bürgerhaus in Heidelberg
Bahnstadt, Gadamerplatz 1

“We are honored that Judge Trendafilova will launch our newest speaker series commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute. The series will feature a number of speakers, including a senior representative from the International Commission on Missing Persons as well as a former spokesperson from the International Committee for the Red Cross,” said Tanja Ward, Campus Director of SIU Heidelberg. “The first Chair of the Law of Nature and of Nations, created at the University of Heidelberg following the Peace of Westphalia for Samuel Pufendorf circa 1661,
arguably paved the way for human rights and ultimately the regime of international criminal justice, of which the ICC is the first permanent organ. So it is significant that we help to celebrate this anniversary here in Heidelberg,” she added.

A milestone in the fight against impunity

The Rome Statute was created in 1998 and is currently supported by over 120 countries. The treaty gives a voice and a face to countless victims across the globe. It has set up the highest legal standards and created a basis for and model of civil administration in the service of justice. The Court’s jurisdiction extends to core crimes or violations of peremptory norms: war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, the crime of aggression, as well as the destruction of international cultural heritage.
The Rome Statute also establishes a trust fund for victims to facilitate physical and psychological rehabilitation, as well as support to victim survivors, their families, and affected communities.

How can we commemorate the Rome Statute’s 20th anniversary
throughout 2018?

Fighting impunity for the most serious international crimes is a shared responsibility of everyone, erga omnes. Heidelberg as the site of the first Chair of the Law of Nature and Nations provides a unique site for such a dialogue that promotes reconciliation and peace-building.

Save the date: The lecture by Judge Trendafilova is followed by a discussion moderated by Ambassador Zlatko Bars-Dimitroff and an openQ&A session. The event on June 19th is open to the public and free of charge.

 

About the Speaker President Trendafilova

Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, a renowned lawyer, academic and practitioner from Bulgaria, has been President of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers since December 2016. She served as a Judge of
ICC from March 2006 to March 2015. Throughout her term of office at the ICC, she served as a Judge in the Pre-Trial Division (as Presiding Judge of Pre-Trial Chamber II and as President of the
Pre-Trial Division). Judge Trendafilova was a member of the Appeals Chamber in the first two final appeals in the cases of the Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo and the Prosecutor v. Mathieu
Ngudjolo Chui, as well as in a number of interlocutory appeals.

For more information on President Trendafilova, please visit https://www.scp-ks.org/en/specialistchambers/president

 

About Schiller International University

Schiller is accredited in Germany by evalag since 2016 (evalag: Evaluationsagentur Baden-
Württemberg, authorised as Accreditation Agency by the German Accreditation Council and
registered in the Euopean Quality Assurance Register).

For more information on Schiller International University, please visit www.schiller.edu