LLM – Visit to the International Criminal Court, The Hague

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LLM students on the Transnational Criminal Law and International Human Rights pathways recently visited the International Criminal Court in the Hague and met with legal officers from the Office of Public Counsel for Victims. This gave them a unique insight into the role of victims in the prosecution of international crimes before the ICC.

The trip to Hague offered me the unique opportunity to place myself within the ‘geographical realm’ of the real world of Law and Human rights. it offered me a practical depth of the real challenge in promoting human rights and advancing the course of humanity.”

– LLM student Prince Pius Micah

The visit to the  ICC showed “a greater understanding of the workings within the ICC, from the organisation of the Court to the proceedings…… its four organs: the three Chambers for the Pre-Trial, Trial and Appeal, the Registry… the Prosecutors’ Office… in addition to the Office of the Public Council for Victims.”

– LLM student Martin Weston

The brief period spent interacting with staff at the ICC enlightened me on the three core structural processes in Investigating, Pre-trial and Trial of crimes against Humanity. The knowledge acquired on the extent of Victim participation in trial process is also phenomenal.”

– LLM student Prince Pius Micah

Students also visited the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia, which was created to prosecute high level political and military leaders alleged to have committed international crimes during the internal civil war in Yugoslavia. Students had the opportunity to meet with legal counsel from the Office of the Prosecutor and the different chambers of the court, to gain an insight into the challenges associated with investigating and prosecuting international crimes.

The core mandate of the ICTY and the composition of the court has always been an issue that baffled my understanding till I made the trip. The clarity on the retroactive non-application of the laws in the court, the broader view and conceptualization of the term ‘genocide’ (defining genocide beyond ‘death’) were all key gains to my academic knowledge from this trip. “

– LLM student Prince Pius Micah

The visit to the ICTY allowed me to see the room in which the leaders responsible for the crimes in former Yugoslavia were tried, in addition to providing a detailed background into the crimes committed by some of those leaders and the outcomes of the trials.”

– LLM student Martin Weston

The ICTY for instance, has rounded up the last of the perpetrators of the war in the then Yugoslavia and we got full insight into procedures and how their trial is actually carried out, we met with people actually involved in this process and I even got a few points for my coursework! I found myself contributing, asking questions and it was a good feeling to know I knew more than I thought I did.

– LLM student Enenu Okwori

This trip has contributed to my studies and it has definitely opened my eyes as to another sector of the law. I hope to at some point in the future take an internship at either the ICC or ICTY or at least shadow one of the individuals that took time out of their work day to talk to us.”

– LLB student Zoe- Selemane- Kiangale