A key objective after an international conflict is to know what happened and to be confident that the best possible story of events is left behind. But is the best way to achieve this today through the traditional routes of international criminal tribunals?
Perhaps in this age the internet might offer another means of achieving one of the key concerns of the citizens caught up in international conflicts...
Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC discusses the changing face of international law and justice in the age of the world wide web.
He makes particular example of the recent tribunals investigating the massacres of Iranians during the 1980s in Iran's prisons, when over 20,000 political prisoners, men and women, and numerous under-aged detainees were sentenced to death by execution. This tribunal in London and the Hague intends not just to leave a record but to hold the Iranian Islamic Regime accountable for its crimes against humanity.
What might we take from this for the future of international law?
This is an extract from the lecture 'International Criminal Tribunals: Experiments? Works in progress? Institutions that are here for good, or maybe not?' which was given as a part of Sir Geoffrey Nice's series of free public lectures given as Gresham Professor of Law. The full hour-long lecture be accessed on the Gresham College website here:
Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There is currently over 1,300 lectures free to access or download from the website.
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