Prosecuting War Criminals: Challenges and Perspectives

October 22, 2018 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Alain Werner will discuss why and how victims of international crimes all around the world look for ways to get justice for war crimes or related crimes outside the usual framework of international tribunals (ICC and other ad hoc tribunals). He will examine the history of international criminal justice since the end of the cold war, and then look at some of the most emblematic cases since 1998 outside the usual framework (including the Pinochet and Habré cases), before explaining the efforts of his organization, Civitas Maxima, to get justice for war crimes in Liberia since 2012, which has met initial success in the past few years with very concrete cases


Alain Werner is a lawyer registered with the Geneva Bar (Switzerland) and holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University (2003). He has been involved in some of the most important criminal trials for mass crimes, including the trial in The Hague of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia; the trial in Dakar of Hissène Habré, the former President of Chad; and the first Khmer Rouge trial in Phnom Penh. In 2012, he created Civitas Maxima, a Swiss NGO registered in Geneva, which is an international network of lawyers and investigators working on behalf of victims of international crimes. Since its creation, Civitas Maxima’s work on behalf of victims of mass crimes has led to arrests and/or convictions of 6 individuals in 5 different countries around the world, including in the United States. 


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PLEASE NOTE: There has been a room change to 1357.

Co-sponsor(s): Promise Institute for Human Rights; International and Comparative Law Program