Preventing Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes:
Challenges in Today's World


4 December 2014, 14.00–18.00
Bernd Borchardt, Founding Director, International Nuremberg Principles Academy
Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
Topic: The Prevention of Genocide: Achievements and Challenges
14.00–18.00 Panel 1: Challenges in implementing the genocide convention: Prevention and accountability
Davide Zaru, Associate Political Affairs Officer at the UN Office on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect
  Paola Gaeta, Professor of International Criminal Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and Adjunct Professor of International Criminal Law at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies
Topic: Significance of the Genocide Convention today
  Margit Hellwig-Bötte, Head of Division (Conceptual Issues and R2P), UN Department, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Topic: The Responsibility to Protect: Global challenges to preventing atrocity crimes
  Vahidin Omanović, Co-founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Peacebuilding, Bosnia
Topic: Challenges of community reconciliation and conflict transformation after the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina
  Timothy Mackin, Assistant Director for War Crimes and Genocide Sub-Directorate, INTERPOL
Topic: Interpol's contribution to prevent genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity
16.00–16.30Coffee break
16.30–18.00 Panel 2: Genocide and mass crimes in the courtroom: Judicial investigations and prosecutions
Mark Kersten, Researcher at the London School of Economics, author of Justice in Conflict
  Thierry Cruvellier, Veteran international journalist and author
Topic: Searching for accountability: national and international genocide trials
  Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY
Topic: Prosecuting genocide charges at the ICTY
  Joan Kagezi, Former Prosecutor General and founder of the International Crimes Unit, Republic of Rwanda
Topic: Genocide and mass violence in national courts
  Alex Whiting, Professor, Harvard Law School
Topic: Genocide as international core crime. The challenges of prosecuting genocide and other international crimes
5 December 2014, 9.30–17.00
9.30–11.00 Panel 3: Protecting populations from atrocity crimes
Krzysztof Kotarski, Project Officer, Wayamo Foundation
  Rainer Huhle, Political Scientist, Member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances
Topic: Opportunities and challenges of the UN Human Rights Mechanisms in increasing protection of populations from atrocity crimes
  Peter Bouckaert, Director, Emergencies, Human Rights Watch
Topic: Responding to mass atrocities in the Central African Republic
  Jamie A. Williamson, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
Topic: Preventing Mass Atrocities — the role of the military, from doctrine to practice
11.00–11.30Coffee break
11.30–13.00 Panel 4: Syria and Iraq: Challenges of preventing impunity and promoting accountability
Mark Kersten, Researcher at the London School of Economics, author of Justice in Conflict
  Hadi al-Habal, The Syrian Archive
Topic: Digital Traces — Cataloguing human rights violations in Syria
  Stephen Starr, Irish journalist and author, founder and editor in chief of Near East Quarterly
Topic: Revolt in Syria: Eye-Witness to the Uprising, overview of mass violence in Syria.
  Uğur Ümit Üngör, Associate Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University and at the NIOD: Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam
Topic: Mass violence in Syria and Iraq — causes and consequences
  William H. Wiley, Commission for International Justice and Accountability
Topic: Investigating human rights violations in Syria in preparation for possible prosecutions
13.00–14.00Lunch break
14.00–15.30 Panel 5: Preventing and responding to incitement to violence
Joseph Roberts-Mensah, Africa Director at Wayamo Foundation, formerly Chief of UN Radio and Ag. Deputy Chief of Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Liberia
  Agnés Callamard, Director, Global Freedom of Expression & Information; Special Adviser to the President, Columbia University, New York
  Gregory S. Gordon, Associate Professor and Director/ Assistant Dean for the PhD-MPhil Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
Topic: Hate Speech and Incitement to Genocide
  Falk Pingel, The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research
Topic: Textbook intervention and revision after crimes against humanity. An international comparison with a particular focus on the Balkans
  Daudi Were, Project Director, Ushahidi, Nairobi, Kenya
Topic: Crisis mapping and communication in humanitarian emergencies
15.30–16.00Coffee break
Father Bernard Kinvi, Hospital Director, Roman Catholic Mission in Bossemptele, Central African Republic
Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide