International Criminal Court Judge to speak in Galway

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The newly-appointed Ugandan judge at the International Criminal Court, Solomy Balungi Bossa, will deliver a public lecture during this year’s annual Summer School at NUI Galway.

Organised by NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights since 2000, the world-renowned International Criminal Court (ICC) Summer School will take place on campus from 18-22 June.

Judge Bossa will deliver a public lecture on Monday, 18 June at 6pm entitled ‘Africa and the International Criminal Court: Challenges and Prospects’.

This public lecture is held in association with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

The International Criminal Court seated in The Hague is the world’s principal court for the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression.

In keeping with the theme of Judge Bossa’s lecture, this year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on Africa and the International Criminal Court convened in association with the Institute for Security Studies of South Africa.

Invited experts at the special session will examine the at times fraught relationship between the International Criminal Court and African countries where the Court has focused the most of its attention to date.

Dr Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights said: “We are honoured to welcome Judge Bossa to NUI Galway. We look forward to hearing Judge Bossa and our other participating experts address how the International Criminal Court can contribute to the pursuit of justice in Africa and address the charge that it is unfairly targetting African countries and individuals.”