Sep 8, 2015 - Dec 5, 2021
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Rudin Family Forum for Civic Discussion, NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor

International criminal law exists to respond to the needs created by global insecurity and violence. International criminal law identifies aspects regarded as the most severe form of security breaches against protected persons, but it is not entirely clear if it does so in an adequate manner. This is particularly pertinent when considering the broader objectives of international criminal law, namely to have a preventative impact, and thereby facilitate creating societies able to develop and prosper. In addition to more conceptual critiques, the framework for implementing international criminal law encounters serious practical and logistical “Catch-22” scenarios linked to security issues, for which there are no clear-cut remedies. However, without these remedies, the entire basis of international criminal law is thwarted. The objective of this presentation is to raise these challenges and discuss to find solutions.

Alison Cole is the Open Society Justice Initiative legal officer for international justice. She has worked with a range of international courts, first in prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and most recently as legal officer with the Co-Investigating Judges at the ECCC/Khmer Rouge tribunal in Phnom Penh. She has also worked with investigations at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and at the joint Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Cole also has experience with human rights work in Uganda, Zambia, India, and Israel, and worked on death row projects in Jamaica. She holds a first class BA honors degree in law from Cambridge University and participated in the European Erasmus exchange at Utrecht University. She obtained her Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Harvard Law School and is a registered New York attorney. Cole is an adjunct professor at NYU Law School.

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About the series: Each Tuesday, the Conflict, Security, and Development Series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches and highlight recent innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in conflict and post-conflict situations. This series is co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, NYU’s College of Global Public Health, The Program in International Relations at NYU’s GSAS, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner.

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