Int'l Criminal Court Conference Starts Today

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Int'l Criminal Court Conference Starts Today


The Supreme Court (SC) and its educational arm, the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA), will hold a two-day conference starting today on the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Renaissance Hotel in Makati City.

Senate President Manuel B. Villar Jr. will deliver the keynote address this morning, while Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno will give the closing remarks tomorrow afternoon.

PhilJA Chancellor Ameurfina Melancio Herrera will deliver the opening remarks, while Italian Ambassador Rubens Anna Fedele will give a message to participants.

Puno said the conference is designed to be a knowledge-sharing activity to tackle the relevance of the ICC in the context of the global, regional, and national situations.

The meeting, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Italy in Manila, will also disseminate awareness on ICC's key features, role in the protection of human rights, operations, complementarity with national courts; and mechanisms for implementation.

According to Puno, the sharing of experiences and perspectives would lead to judicial reforms that would strengthen the criminal justice system.

Today's speakers are Dr. Purification C. Valera Quisumbing, Chairperson, Human Rights and International Law Department, PhilJA, as well as Special Envoy, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, and Member, United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee; and Judge Giancarlo Roberto Bellelli, Juridical Expert, Embassy of Italy in the Hague.

French Ambassador Gerard Chesnel, for his part, will talk on the European Union and the International Criminal Court by discussing the role and contributions of the European Union in institutionalizing the international criminal justice system.

PhilJA Special Lecturer SC Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna will lecture on Principles Governing the International Criminal Court, wherein he will speak on international criminal law principles including universal jurisdiction and substantive provisions of the Rome Statute.

Professor Carlos P. Medina Jr., Vice Chairman of PhilJA's International and Human Rights Law Department, as well as Executive Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, is also one of the featured speakers.

There will be lectures on "Proceedings Before the International Criminal Tribunals" where the development of the international criminal justice system would be tackled. Judge Ogon Kwon of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia will talk on "Proceedings Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia - The Internationalization of Criminal Procedure in a Hybrid System." ICC Registrar Silvana Arbia will lecture on "Cooperation with the International Criminal Court: From the Analysis of Information to the Enforcement of Decisions. …

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