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"The ICC & the Use of Chemical Weapons in Non-International Armed Conflicts" Andreas Zimmermann, Professor of International Law & Director, Human Rights Centre, Potsdam University

Start/End Wednesday, October 30, 2013 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:00 PM EDT
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 107

The use of chemical weapons during the civil war in Syria has triggered the call for the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court so as to provide for the accountability of those responsbible, which the Council shied away from when adopting SC Res. 2118 (2013) . Yet, it it also less than obvious that the ICC would indeed have jurisdiction specifically for this war crime when committed in non-international armed conflicts on the territory of a State (such as Syria) not party to the Rome Statute, even if the Security Council were to ever refer such a situation to the Court. Prof. Zimmermann, LL.M.(Harvard) is professor of international law at Potsdam University (Germany) and director of its Human Rights Centre; he is member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, has been a member of the German delegation to the Rome Conference and has acted as counsel in various cases before the ICJ, as amicus curiae before the ICTY, as well as judge ad hoc at the ECtHR.