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Historic first international defense counsel conference convenes at The Hague:
“The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and Its Legacy”

THE HAGUE – 16 November --  For the first time in history, defense lawyers before international criminal courts convened a self-organized conference to discuss, and publicize, the obstacles that prevent accused persons from receiving fair trials, particularly at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).  The co-sponsors included 20 law-schools, lawyers and human-rights  groups from Europe, Africa and N. America...

Summary of the 14-16 november 2009 conference

Video reports

Focus on ICTR: The defense perspective

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The UN International criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has a few years to go and discussions about its legacy for the International Criminal Law has started. While some perceive that Tribunal as a major advancement, others, including defense laywers, who have been defending genocide suspects for last fourteen years, think that this ICTR and other ad hoc courts, have created a regrettable precedent.  ‘The ICTR has been a big mistake’, said Kenyan defense attorney Kennedy Ogetto. He was speaking in The Hague, The Netherlands on 14 November 2009 in a three-day self-sponsored conference. Over 100 people, mostly Rwandans, but also foreigners coming from all over the world listened to frustration-marked presentations by the lawyers and other scholars and experts.

The ICTR is illegal
The legality of the ICTR is still being discussed, even as the Court’s closure is drawing near. In this regard, the laywers and scholars who spoke during the conference converge to qualify the setting up the ICTR by the Security Council as an abuse of power....

Fabricated Truth
The ICTR was set up in late 1994, only months after the genocide that claimed about a million lives among the Tutsi minority. However, many speakers questioned this version, qualifying it as incomplete. ...

Joint Criminal Enterprise
British International Criminal Law scholar and Sorbone professor John Laughland holds that prosecuting and trying suspects in groups in criminal courts undermines the rule of law.... 
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The ICTR and the Judicial Genocide

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