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International Criminal Justice Mechanisms: are they really so needed in the present world community?

Monday 13 November, 6pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

In the world today we witness, on the one hand, the spread of violence and gross violations of human rights, and, on the other hand, a deep crisis in the international means of effectively reacting to those gross violations. Can international criminal justice mechanisms ever live up to expectations? And are they really suitable in the present world community?

LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights will be hosting a public lecture by Antonio Cassese, Professor of International Law at the European University Institute in Florence, to celebrate the launch of LSE's new MSc Human Rights Degree, starting in October 2001.

Professor Cassese will be drawing on his substantial experience of international criminal tribunals to assess the prospects for international justice and the planned International Criminal Court. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of LSE.

This public lecture is free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


Journalists are invited to attend this public lecture. To confirm attendance, please contact Susanne Baker, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk|

For further details please contact: Sharon Shalev, Co-ordinator, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, tel. 020 7955 6532 or email human.rights@lse.ac.uk|

Notes for Editors

  • Professor Cassese is an academic authority on human rights and humanitarian law and, in addition, has made a unique contribution to policy-making and implementation in these fields. From 1993 till this year, he served as President and Judge at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was also Presiding Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 1994 -1997.
  • In creating the new MSc Human Rights Degree LSE has drawn upon its considerable resources in the social sciences to develop a new programme of teaching, research and public outreach in human rights. The programme brings together academics and practitioners from a wide-range of disciplines and backgrounds for the integrated study of human rights. Through visiting fellowships and other seminars and research activities, the programme will link theory with practice and allow for concentrated enquiry into policy work to advance human rights. The MSc is one of the Centre's main components and is the first interdisciplinary human right's masters of its type, in this country. It draws together expertise in Law, Sociology, International Relations, Philosophy, Government, Social Policy, Anthropology among others.

7 November 2000