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This presentation was the fifth event in a series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. The genocide began on April 6th, 1994, and 2014 marks 20 years since that tragedy. In the intervening 20 years, the United Nations tribunal indicted 90 planners and organizers of the genocide. Suffice it to say, a lot has been learned these past 20 years both in terms of international atrocity prosecutions and in terms of restorative justice. One lesson learned was that victims might be better served by having separate representation in the proceedings, apart from the Prosecution and Defense attorneys. The International Criminal Court is employing a model that does just that: victims are represented in the proceedings in by a victms’ representative. This presentation was by Fergal Gaynor, the victims’ representative in the Kenya election violence case at the ICC. Mr. Gaynor represents some 20,000 victims in the prosecution of the current President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Mr. Gaynor discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this model and how he expects to interact with the trial when it begins in the Autumn of 2014.

University of Denver Lecturer David Akerson is a trial attorney with a broad international law and human rights portfolio ranging from human rights work in apartheid South Africa to prosecuting perpetrators at the Yugoslavia and Rwanda international criminal tribunals. His expertise lies in the core international crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity; practice and procedure of the international tribunals; complex international criminal litigation; and international tribunal and policy.

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Posted: 3 years ago
Recorded: Apr 2, 2014
Running Time: 1:14:11
Views: 222

Tags:
Rwanda Genocide War Crimes War International Criminal Court Election Violence United Nations Kenya Tribunal

Categories:
International Affairs

Speakers:
David Akerson

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