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St Mary's Hosts Lecture to Explore Developments in International Criminal Law

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The second in the 2015-16 public lecture series for the Centre for Law and Culture (CLC) will take place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on 4th February 2016 and will be presented by Prof Roger O’Keefe, University College London. The theme of the lecture explores Recent Developments in International Criminal Law and it’s rapid development as a discipline over the last two decades following it's faltering origins in the post World War II International Military Tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo. A range of international courts and tribunals has recently developed the legal principles that hold individuals accountable for the crimes in international law.  The culmination of these developments is the establishment of the International Criminal Court in Rome in 1998. Whilst the ICC has developed its case load and is actively investigating the commission of atrocities committed in nine situations with preliminary examinations in another eight countries, it has struggled to overcome challenges in prosecuting heads of state, with state co-operation and with accusations of being overly focused on African conflicts. Professor O'Keefe is the author of a new book 'International Criminal Law' published by Oxford University Press (2015) and will examine recent developments in international criminal law and the prospects for overcoming the challenges that are now faced. The lecture is free to attend and all are welcome. The lecture is expected to last for 40 minutes with time for questions and comment following the discussion. Information on the Centre for Law and Culture's Public Lecture Series can be found here For further information please contact Mark Mackarel on mark.mackarel@stmarys.ac.uk
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