Programme ‘Punishing International Crimes in Domestic Courts’


Punishing International Crimes in Domestic Courts: Sentencing, Incarceration and Reintegration

12 June 2017, VU University Main Building, room 2A-33 (2nd floor)

VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105 (Main Building), 1081 HV Amsterdam


8.30-9.00 Registration and coffee

9.00 Opening by Barbora Hola and Joris van Wijk

9.15-10.45 Panel I – Theoretical Considerations (chair: Marjolein Cupido)

Gianluca Ruggiero: Penality in criminal law on war crimes (Chair for Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, University of Turin, Italy)

Annah Yvonne Moyo & Hugo van der Merwe: Punishing International Crimes in Domestic Courts: Lessons from Africa (Advocacy Programme Manager, CSVR & Director of Research and Knowledge and Learning, CSVR, South Africa)

Roisin Mulgrew: Dealing with international criminals in domestic prisons: guidance from European penology (Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, UK)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45 Panel II – Former Yugoslavia (chair: Maartje Weerdesteijn)

Stefan Radojčič & Branislav Ristivojević: Punishing International Crimes in Serbia (Lecturer & Professor; Department of International Law, Novi Sad, Faculty Of Law)

Maja Munivrana Vajda: Domestic Trials for International Crimes – Challenge of Prosecuting and Sentencing Perpetrators of War Crimes in Croatia (Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Law; Faculty of Law in Zagreb)

Mirza Buljubašić: Rehabilitation programs for convicted war criminals in domestic prisons in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Case study of Sarajevo prison (Senior Assistant, Faculty of Law, University of Travnik, Bosnia)

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Panel III – Latin America (chair: Willem de Haan)

Juan-Pablo Perez-Leon-Acevedo: Sentencing factors in cases against the most responsible for acts constitutive of international crimes: The Peruvian experience (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo)

Lily Rueda Guzman, Andrey Monastoque, Diego Gomez & Mario Fernandez: Sentencing International Crimes under the Justice and Peace Law (Law 975 of 2005) in Colombia: Challenges and Lessons Learnt (PhD Candidate, VU University Amsterdam; Adviser on Re-socialization of Former Combatants, Ministry of Justice, Colombia; Lecturer, Law Faculty, Universidad La Gran Colombia & Legal Adviser, Ministry of Justice, Colombia)

Eva van Roekel: Trials for crimes against humanity at the domestic courts in Argentina: An anthropological insight (Post-doctoral Researcher, Social Anthropology; Utrecht University)

15.00-15.30 Coffee break

15.30-17.30 Panel IV – Africa & Europe (chair: Maarten Bolhuis)

Tadesse Simie Metekia: Punishing the Core Crimes in Ethiopia: A comparative analysis of purposes of and factors in Sentencing (PhD Candidate International Criminal Law, University of Groningen)

Chris Amani: Punishing Genocide in Rwanda (Research Coordinator in Rwanda, NWO VENI Research Project ‘Vertical Inconsistency of International Sentencing: Case Study of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda’ & Consultant Vivo International, University of Konstanz, Germany)

Jantien Stuifbergen: Prosecution and Sentencing of Nazi Collaborators after WWII in The Netherlands (PhD Candidate, Department of Criminology, VU University Amsterdam)

Francesca Pontis: From World War II to Baghdad. Italian criminal courts and international crimes: the tale of a long and uneven relation (Visiting Scholar CICJ, Phd in Criminal Law, University of Padova, Department of Public, International and EU Law)

17.30-18.00 Final Discussion (Barbora Hola & Joris van Wijk)

18.00 Drinks