Panel discussion on 20 Years of ICTY Investigations and Prosecutions

You are warmly invited to attend a panel discussion of the ICTY’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), entitled:

The Story of the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor (OTP): Starting from Scratch – What We’ve Learned from 20 Years of OTP Investigations and Prosecutions

The conclusion is inescapable that peace in the future requires justice, and that justice starts with establishing the truth.
(United Nations Commission of Experts, May 1994)

The panel discussion will take place on 2 November 2017 from 17:00 – 19:00 at Leiden University’s Hague Campus (Wijnhaven, Room 2.02, Turfmarkt 99, The Hague) and will be followed by a reception.

The OTP raised its first indictment against a former detention camp commander in Bosnia and Herzegovina in November 1994, when the war was still raging in the former Yugoslavia. Since then, 161 persons have been indicted and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and war crimes. With the ICTY closing its door at the end of this year, this lecture marks a unique and final opportunity to learn about the work of the OTP directly from its key staff members.

The topics will include:

  • Early days: first investigations and indictments
    · Prosecution of high-level perpetrators
    · Investigation and prosecution of the Srebrenica genocide
    · The importance and role of the OTP analyst in investigations and prosecutions
    · Prosecution of sexual violence
    · Appeals Proceedings – tracing developments in the law through the Tribunal’s jurisprudence
    · Cooperation with the countries of the region and capacity building

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session.

Opening remarks:
Michelle Jarvis, Deputy Prosecutor

Douglas Stringer, Senior Appeals Counsel

Laurel Baig, Senior Appeals Counsel
Dorothea Hanson, Analyst
Peter McCloskey, Senior Trial Attorney
Robert Reid, Chief of Operations

To register please send a confirmation email to  or  by Tuesday 1 November 2017.

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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Professor of International Law at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University. Previously, he was a lecturer of Public International Law at Utrecht University, Senior Research Associate with the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS), and researcher with the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law (UCWOSL). He is also a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association. He was a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University, Xiamen University’s China International Water Law Programme (China), the China Institute for Boundary and Ocean Studies of Wuhan University (China), the Law School of the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai (China), the Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy), and the Association pour la promotion des droits de l'homme en Afrique centrale (APDHAC) of the Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale (Yaoundé, Cameroon). Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011. He worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research. Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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