The Public International Law Luncheon of 28 February at Utrecht University will have as theme victims participation and reparations at international criminal tribunals. The main speaker is Juan Pablo Perez León Acevedo, Postdoctoral Fellow at PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Diana Odier Contreras-Garduno, lecturer in human rights at Utrecht University, will follow up on the presentation as discussant.
Juan Pablo Perez León Acevedo will kick off the discussion with a presentation of his current research on victims participation and reparations at international criminal tribunals. At the international criminal justice level, the International Criminal Court (ICC) introduced the first reparations regime for victims of international crimes. Among all international courts, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) is recognized as the judicial institution that has developed the most robust jurisprudence on reparations, particularly in cases of gross and systematic human rights violations.
The ICC can only issue reparations awards against the convicted. In turn, the IACtHR orders reparations against internationally responsible states. Against this background, the presentation analyses how the IACtHR’s practice has influenced and/or may contribute to the reparations regime of the ICC as adapted to the particular mandate and nature of the ICC. Perez is a Postdoctoral Fellow at PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. He has written, among others Victims’ Status at International and Hybrid Criminal Courts: Victims as Witnesses, Victim Participants/Civil Parties and Reparations Claimants (2014).
Collective and individual reparations
Diana Odier Contreras-Garduno will follow up on the presentation as discussant. Diana is a lecturer in international human rights law and a tutor at University College Utrecht (UCU). She is also the coordinator of two law programs (Double Degree in Law and Liberal Arts & Sciences and Transnational Law) and serves as a chair of the UCU Council. In September 2018, she obtained her PhD from Utrecht University’s Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), with the title Collective Reparations: Tensions and Dilemmas Between Collective Reparations with the Individual Right to Receive Reparations.
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