SOAS University of London

SOAS to hold events series looking at the Nuremberg-ICC Model of Justice with Justice Richard Goldstone

10 June 2019

SOAS University of London’s Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) and the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ) is holding a new seminar series exploring some of the challenges faced by the International Criminal Court (ICC), and question what accountability for war crimes would look like in a post-Nuremberg / ICC model.

The series will feature speakers including Justice Richard Goldstone, journalist Lisa Clifford, and lawyer Megan Hirst.

Events include:

  • International Justice in Africa, 18 June: Speakers include Justice Richard Goldstone, Dr Dan Plesch, and Chair, Professor Fareda Banda (CAS SOAS). This event will look at ongoing human rights issues across Africa with a particular focus on Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and Sudan. The discussion will highlight potential ways to reform the ICC and implement best-practice regarding integration with domestic judiciaries and institutions in order to protect fundamental human rights on the African continent.
  • Accountability for War Criminals: lost lessons from WW2, 19 June: An event with Justice Richard Goldstone, Dr Dan Plesch (CISD), Megan Hirst (Doughty Street Chambers). The panel will discuss the powerful lessons from the work of the United Nations War Crimes Commission, a multilateral organization with full diplomatic status operating from 1944 to 1948, which assisted national governments of its Member States (and Ethiopia) with 36,000 indictments leading to 10,000 convictions in 2,000 trials worldwide.
  • Militia Man: Film Screening and Q&A with the Director, 17 June with Lisa Clifford (journalist, formerly of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting)
  • American Hero: A discussion of FDR's Ambassador for war crimes prosecution, Congressman Herbert Pell, 11 July: Speakers include Dr Graham Cox (University of North Texas) and Dan Plesch

The series is hosted with support from the Royal African Society and the Centre for African Studies.

 To find out more, visit the CISD events page, or email