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28.11.2019

Fourth Hans Kelsen Memorial Lectures on International Peace and Security Law

Silencing Diaspora Dissent: Mapping Responses to Clandestine - or not so Clandestine - Extraterritorial Assassinations

Am 28.11.2019 richtete das Institute for International Peace and Security Law bereits zum vierten Mal die jährlich stattfindende Hans Kelsen Memorial Lecture on International Peace and Security Law aus.

Zu Ehren des großen Völkerrechtlers wurde dieses Jahr Dr. Larissa van den Herik, Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University eingeladen. Sie hielt einen Vortrag unter dem Titel: Silencing Diaspora Dissent: Mapping Responses to Clandestine – or not so clandestine – Extraterritorial Assassinations.

Ihren Vortrag beginnt Dr. Larissa van den Herik, indem Sie exemplarisch die Fälle Khashoggi, Skripal, Kim Jong-nam und das Mykonos-Attentat aufzählt, um das Thema näher zu umreißen. Sie plädiert dafür, diese Vorfälle nicht isoliert zu betrachten, sondern in einen größeren Kontext zu setzen. Dabei nimmt sie Veränderungen in der Begehungsweise dieser Tötungen in den Blick und leitet daraus konkrete juristische Fragestellungen ab.

Wir danken Dr. Larissa van den Herik ganz herzlich für die spannenden Einblicke und das ebenso inspirierende private Seminar am Folgetag. Auch möchten wir Prof. Kreß für die Ermöglichung dieser Veranstaltung danken. Die fünfte Hans Kelsen Lecture wird bereits freudig erwartet.

   

 

8th November 2018

Third Hans Kelsen Memorial Lecture on International Peace and Security Law

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Third Hans Kelsen Memorial Lecture on International Peace and Security Law

On 8 November 2018 the Institute for International Peace and Security Law, directed by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Claus Kreß, held its third Hans Kelsen Memorial Lecture on International Peace and Security Law.

This annual lecture series is organized to honour Hans Kelsen, the renowned expert in legal theory, constitutional law and international law. He had accepted  the University of Cologne's call to join its Law Faculty and served as its dean before being forced to flee from the Nazis in 1933. In his honour, every year the University of Cologne invites an authority in the field of international law to speak. Last year Professor Sarah Cleveland, the Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights at Columbia Law School in New York accepted the Institute's invitation.

This year the Institute welcomed Ms Dr. Sarah Nouwen as its keynote speaker who spoke on the subject of "Peace Through Law? International Norms, Transitional Justice and the Negotiation of Peace in the Sudans". Ms Nouwen is assistant director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University and a world renowned voice on the topic of transitional justice.

Following the ceremonial greeting by Professor Kreß, Dr. Sarah Nouwen began her lecture by touchingly pointing out that Hans Kelsen had been Sir Hersch Lauterpacht's doctoral superviser - who was the founder and namesake of her Institute - saying the connection of her Institute to this lecture series was only natural.

Starting with Hans Kelsen and his work on the the relationship between law and peace she then linked it to the burning question of today: how to transition from war to peace in post-conflict societies. 

Having raised this question, she presented different conceptions of transitional justice,  ranging from a deontologial approach which considers transitional justice as a possibility to realise human rights in a post-conflict society to a consequential approach, which views transitional justice as a toolbox in achieving various goals in post-conflict societies. She then discussed the International Criminal Court's role in conflicts and named Columbia as a positive example of how the Court helped the peace process by being involved but at the same time showing restraint. 

She stressed the need for legal professionals to examine the specific implementation or non-implementation of individual peace treaties in order to gain the full picture of their normative values. In any case, it would be fatal and could lead to disappointment in societies if political expectations were equated to legal normes.

Besides this very interesting examination of this new legal field of transitional justice, the audience was especially moved by her sharing interviews she had conducted with former parties to the conflicts, political actors and survivors in Uganda and Sudan.

This inspirational lecture by Dr. Nouwen then offered the guests of the Third Hans Kelsen Lecturean opportunity to delve into an indepth discussion at the reception that followed in the University's main building as well as at a private seminar with her and the Institute's team the following day.

The Institute for International Peace and Security team expresses its gratitude to Professor Kreß  for once again making such a successful academic exchange possible and is already looking forward to the fourth Hans Kelsen Memorial Lecture next year!

 

24. November 2017

Second Hans Kelsen Memorial Lectures on International Peace and Security Law

Strengthening Legal Protections in Modern Armed Conflict

Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Faculty
Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Ein Bericht von Ruth Effinowicz, LL.M., M.A. über die Veranstaltung ist hier abrufbar.

   

 

Hans Kelsen Memorial Lectures on International Peace and Security Law

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