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Debate: Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?

Over the next several weeks, starting Feb 9th, the International Center for Transitional Justice is hosting an online debate called “Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?” Given persistent impunity gaps in places like Syria, North Korea, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, etc. and waning political will to ensure that those “most responsible” are held accountable, the debate is very timely.

The debate will be moderated by ICTJ President, David Tolbert and include several important figures in the field of international justice:

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Courtimpunity

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Michael Ignatieff, scholar and human rights expert.

Betty Murungi, legal and human rights scholar

Aryeh Neier, legal scholar, human rights activist, and former director of Human Rights Watch

This is a great opportunity for our class to engage directly with contemporary debates about international justice – both in terms of how justice should work in theory, and the challenges faced in practice. So, bookmark the page and I’ll send out reminders when the new debate positions are posted for your to read before class. You can also follow debate commentary on Twitter, with #ImpunityDebate and @theICTJ.  (The debate is open for public commentary online, and you are also welcome and encouraged to post replies on the ICTJ’s site.)

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One response to “Debate: Is the International Community Abandoning the Fight Against Impunity?

  1. Hannah Dunphy (@_hannahdunphy) February 6, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for sharing, Alana! We at ICTJ are looking forward to your students’ ideas and perspectives. And don’t forget to use/follow #ImpunityDebate on Twitter!

    – Hannah

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