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The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: A Critical Perspective

Dr Nashabe has been closely monitoring the Special Tribunal since it was launched in 2009. Created by the UN Security Council to try the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri on February 14th 2005, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is scheduled to start its hearings on January 16th 2014. The STL prosecutor has indicted five members of Hezbollah, who have not been arrested and will be tried in absentia.  

After a short presentation of the background and creation of the STL, Dr Nashabe will present an overview of the indictment and the prosecution’s pre-trial brief, followed by a review of the appointment of defence counsels and their teams. Dr Nashabe will also  discuss the main challenges facing the defence counsels. As a consultant for the counsels, he is bound by confidentiality and will refer only to declassified and public documents, subject to redaction where required.

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Event Details


Speaker: Dr Omar Nashabe, Lebanese American University
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin, LSE
Date: Thursday 16 January 2014
Time: 18.30-20.00
Location:  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry



Dr. Omar Nashabe is a criminal justice specialist, a founding member of Al-Akhbar newspaper and a lecturer at the Lebanese American University. He served as advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Interior for Human Rights and Prisons. He also worked as a consultant for several local and international organizations including UNODC and has published on Lebanese prisons, prison reform and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He is an elected member of the UNESCO Lebanese National Committee’s executive council.

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