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Monday, October 30

14h00 - 17h30 
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL DEFENCEWestin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel - Pier 5

President : Julie GOFFIN
Speakers : Julie GOFFIN, Samantha DAVIES, Fatima M'BAYE

The jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is governed by the Principle of Complementarity. States Have the First Responsibility and Right to Prosecute the Most Serious Crimes of International Concern.
The Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC has developed the notion of "active complementarity". What does this policy exactly mean? How would it be possible to reinforce the obligation of all States to prosecute crimes for which universal jurisdiction exists? Where does the ICC stand in this process? 
What is the role of lawyers in the development of primary jurisdiction of States -and in overcoming legal and/or political obstacles to prosecution-?
Since it is practically impossible for an international criminal jurisdiction to punish all perpetrators and because international justice is often removed from the territorial State affected by the crimes in question, the development of internationalized or mixed courts or tribunals is also highly desirable. 
What are the lessons to learn from the experience of the existing mixed / hybrid / internationalized courts in terms of respect of the rights of the defense, training and expertise of judges and lawyers?  
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