Presenter: Gloria Atiba Davies, International Criminal Court

Millions of children, women and men continue to be victims of unimaginable atrocities that shock the conscience of humanity. The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established based on a united belief that such grave crimes threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world, and from a global need to put an end to impunity enjoyed by perpetrators of those crimes. The Rome Statute which establishes the ICC makes a distinction between different crimes committed within different contexts, and expressly criminalises the crime of genocide, defined as acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Individuals can be charged with genocide by killing, by causing serious bodily or mental harm and by deliberately inflicting on each target group conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s physical destruction, as well as for having individual criminal responsibility for directly and publicly inciting others to commit genocide. In extension to the above, the Rome Statute criminalises rape, and the Office of the Prosecutor has committed to enhance investigations of sexual and gender-based crimes, and crimes against and affecting children. With the power to exercise its jurisdiction over persons for the most serious crimes of international concern, the ICC strives to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and bring justice to victims for acts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It is through the co-operation between national, legal and international institutions that justice can be achieved for victims of crimes. 

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About IAGS Conference 2017 - Public Events

The International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) will hold its thirteenth meeting in Brisbane on 9 – 13 July 2017, at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland. The conference is jointly hosted by the TC Beirne School of Law and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

The conference theme is “Justice and the Prevention of Genocide”.

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Abel Smith Lecture Theatre (Building 23)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia