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Panel Discussion

The International Criminal Court: from Versailles to Rome

The discussions leading to the formation of an International Criminal Court are approaching a critical stage. The Preparatory Committee is currently in its final round in New York City, with a draft statute to be delivered for signing to a UN Diplomatic Conference in Rome in June 1998. Unlike the World Court, which pronounces on disputes between signatory states, the ICC is to have jurisdiction over individuals accused of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity, as well as "treaty-based crimes", including hijacking, hostage-taking, apartheid, torture and traffic in illicit drugs.

While some of the elements of the international world order currently under construction seek more or less overtly to codify current practice in an inequitable world system, the ICC clearly begins with the idea of universal and even-handed justice. The process underway at the PrepComs will prove if its final form will live up to this ideal. The NGO Coalition for an ICC, a global network of human rights organizations, has been among the keenest observers of the PrepCom process. Several members of the NGO Coalition have been invited to this panel to present their views.

Panelists:

David Donat-Cattin, European Law Students Association

Daniel Nsereko, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Botswana

Jelena Pejic, Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights

Usha Ramanathan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

The Brecht Forum

10th Floor, 122 West 27th Street

New York NY 10001

7:30 pm

1 April 1998

For more information, contact:
Balaji: (212) 586 2884
Liz Mestres:(212) 242 4201

When: Monday, April 6th, 4-6 PM
What: Ajay Skaria presents Excessive Histories: Time, Trip and Play in Western India
Where: NYC, Columbia University, 1118, SPIA Building
Contact: (212) 280-7464


When: Monday, April 20th, 4-6 PM
What: Shelley Pollock speaks on The Death of Sanskrit
Where: NYC, Columbia University, 1118, SPIA Building
Contact: (212) 280-7464


When: Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
What: Reforming Sitas vs. Reforming Rams a talk by  Madhu Kishwar, Manushi Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC
Contact: 212-517-ASIA


When: Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.
What: Stories Behind the Stitches: Laila Tyabji , Dastkar. Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC
Contact: 212-517-ASIA


When:   July 23-26th 1998
What: 9th Annual Desh Pardesh Conference/Festival Where: Toronto, Canada
Contact:  (416) 340-0485

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