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War crimes - why bother?

Geoffrey Nice QC will give a public lecture at LSE on Tuesday 16 January. His talk, entitled War Crimes - Why Bother?, will explore the difficulties facing war crimes tribunals in responding to international war crimes.

War crimes trials, despite inherent limitations, are the international community's response to the worst crimes the world has seen. Yet how effective is this response and what are its aspirations?

Mr Nice will comment on the difficulties of international war crimes trials that face the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and other international tribunals today, and explore the significance of international war crime trials in correcting past injustice, preventing future humanitarian catastrophes and deterring those prone to commit crimes against humanity, still occurring worldwide.

Geoffrey Nice QC was the principal trial attorney in the prosecution of Yugoslavia's former president Slobodan Milosevic, who was indicted for the crimes against humanity in Kosovo, genocide in Bosnia and war crimes in Croatia, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He led Mr Milosevic's prosecution from 2001 until the defendant's death in March 2006,

Professor Christopher Greenwood QC, LSE, will chair this event, which is hosted by the LSESU Law Society in association with the LSE Law Department.

War Crimes - Why Bother? is on Tuesday 16 January 2007 at 7.15pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

8 January 2007