The UN IRMCT's MIP Programme is launching the 3rd cycle of the Inter-University Lectures Programme, which is scheduled to start on Thursday, 28 October at 11:00h. The first lecturer is Judge Carmel Agius, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.
The opening lecture will be followed by 15 lectures given by our principals, judicial experts, and senior professionals, every week. Please find attached the schedule of lectures for the 3rd cycle (October 2021 – February 2022).
The lectures are provided via Google Meets, as students still follow the lecture series from their homes or via hybrid attendance due to the COVID-19 situation. The link and materials will be sent to you a week in advance of each lecture. The lectures are envisaged to last around 45 minutes with additional 15 minutes given for Q&A opportunities.
MIP (former Outreach Programme) is an initiative of the Mechanism’s External Relations Office, started in 2019 in partnership with the EU and SWISS FDFA, intending to improve the knowledge and understanding of citizens and communities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the crimes committed in the region during the conflicts of the 1990s. MIP Programme uses the archives of the ICTY and Mechanism, as well as their overall legacies, to present fact-based accounts of crimes committed during the conflicts – in particular through the adjudicated cases of these institutions.
The Inter-University Video Lectures Programme, under MIP, is launched in 2019 and implemented in 2020/21 to initiate and facilitate the discussion on the region’s recent history, the role of the ICTY, and IRMCT, and the principles of international criminal law and international humanitarian law. It brings together law students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia to participate in real-time lectures delivered by Principals and senior professionals from the Mechanism.
These lectures not only build the students’ knowledge, capacity, and understanding of international criminal law and international humanitarian law but also serve as a platform for genuine dialogue between law students from the countries of the former Yugoslavia. The first two cycles of the Inter-University Video Lectures Programme gathered more than 250 post-graduate law students from the University of Niš, the University of Podgorica, the University of Priština, the University of Sarajevo, the Ss. Cyril, the Methodius University of Skoplje, the University of Zagreb, University of Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina; the University UNION in Belgrade, Serbia; and the University Donja Gorica, Montenegro; This year, we are pleased and honored that two new faculties of law are invited to join the Inter-University Video Lectures Programme: the University of Zenica and the Faculty of the political sciences of the University of Sarajevo.
To join the first lecture of this cycle on Thursday 28.10 at 11.00h please click this link: https://meet.google.com/eeb-bjqv-mjh
Please sign in to the lecture 10-15 minutes earlier.
The lecture will last a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes, including a 45-minute session given by the lecturer and a 30-minute session with questions and discussion.
As announced, the first lecture is on the topic: "ICTY – Creation and Jurisdiction" and it is our honor that the first lecturer will be Judge Carmel Agius, President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.
Below is a brief description of the lecture:
On 25 May 1993, the UN Security Council established the ICTY in response to mass atrocities committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia. The ICTY was the first war crimes tribunal established by the United Nations and the first war crimes tribunal since the Nuremberg and Tokyo tribunals.
The mandate of the ICTY was to bring to justice those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the former Yugoslavia since 1991 and thus contribute to the restoration and maintenance of peace in the region of the former Yugoslavia. Per its Statute, the ICTY had jurisdiction over natural persons (individuals, not organizations or groups) who allegedly committed any of the following crimes on the territory of the former Yugoslavia after January 1, 1991: grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva conventions, violations of the laws or customs of war, genocide, and crimes against humanity.
This lecture will offer insight into circumstances surrounding the ICTY establishment, its mandate, and jurisdiction.
The lecture will begin with our moderator presenting the lecturer. To ensure the most effective participation of the faculty, we would like to ask you again to submit one question in advance by Tuesday at end of the working day, so that the lecturer can prepare the answers. The moderator will present faculty questions and after we hear the answers from the lecturers, we will invite the faculty to engage in the conversation also with comments and additional questions.
For any further questions, you might have, please contact: [email protected]