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Do War Crime Trials do more Harm than Good?

Richard Goldstone and Leslie Vinjamuri will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of war crime trials at LSE on Thursday 3 May.

Intuitively all defenders of human rights are in favour of war crime trials. But can the idea of an international code of criminal law survive the realpolitik of states trading insults over who has been most complicit? Will war crimes become as familiar as ordinary criminal trials are today, or is it merely a passing liberal fad?

Richard Goldstone is a former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and is currently a member of the UN appointed committee investigating allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program.

Leslie Vinjamuri is an assistant professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and consultant to Europe and US based NGOs on issues of transitional justice and US foreign policy.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Do War Crime Trials Do More Harm Than Good? is on Thursday 3 May 2007 at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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