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International Criminal Evidence

Date: 24-26 June 2022

Coordinator: Professor Yvonne McDermott, Professor of International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, UK

Short description: This course will examine how international courts prove the most serious international crimes. It aims to provide a thorough analysis of law and procedure relating to evidence and proof in international criminal trials, from Nuremberg through to the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, to international and hybrid tribunals today. The course will explore key concepts such as the burden and standard of proof; witness protection; the evaluation of evidence, and the standard of review on appeal. It will examine new developments in the law and practice of the International Criminal Court, such as the turn towards a ‘submission model’ for the admission of evidence and recent jurisprudence on witness proofing. A closing roundtable will give students the opportunity to consider how new technologies are changing the landscape of fact-finding in international criminal justice.

Lecturers:

Professor Yvonne McDermott, Professor of International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, UK

Dr. Dov Jacobs, Defense Counsel, ICC and MICT; Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Dr. Yassin Brunger, Lecturer, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Dr. Simon De Smet, Legal Officer, Trial Division, International Criminal Court

Sessions:

The evolution of international criminal evidence

In conversation with very special guest

 The admission and exclusion of evidence

Witnesses

The burden and standard of proof

Judgment and appeal

Closing roundtable on new and digital evidence