POSTPONED!!! international criminal law before domestic criminal courts

Unfortunately, the conference had to be postponed and will prospectively take place in autumn 2020. We will keep you up to date.

WHEN: Postponed

WHERE: Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna

ORGANIZED BY: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights & University of Vienna 

We deeply regret that with regard to the health and safety of all those who intend to participate in the conference, we have found it necessary to postpone the conference to a later date. Due to the recent developments concerning Covid-19, it seems irresponsible to gather hundreds of people coming from so many different countries and run the risk of further spreading the virus.

We are endeavoured to find an alternative date for the conference later this year.

For those who have already booked a flight or train ticket, please note that a rebooking of the flight or train is usually possible at a reasonable price. Therefore we aim to present an alternative date by the end of the week. Furthermore, many flight and train providers have started to offer a cancellation free of charge.

We want to thank all our speakers and panellists for their intended participation and for their understanding of postponing the conference. Furthermore, we want to thank all our sponsors, notably the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for their support and highly appreciated collaboration.


We hope to meet you soon in Vienna for a conference free from any anxiety and will keep you informed!

Finally, we extend our care and concern for all those impacted by the Covid-19 Virus and wish a speedy recovery.

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Keynote Speaker

Kai Ambos


human rights protection through international criminal law – what is the status quo?

International criminal law aims to protect fundamental human rights by prosecuting and punishing international crimes violating these rights. But does international criminal law meet these expectations? What role do national criminal courts play in this regard? And can the International Criminal Court (ICC) be regarded as the decisive instrument of international human rights protection?


Michael Lysander Fremuth

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut of Human Rights

Harmen van der Wilt

University of Amsterdam

Joseph Powderly

Leiden University


the role of national law enforcement and prosecution agencies in the application of the principle of universality

The Rome Statute emphasises that the prosecution of core crimes ‘must be ensured by taking measures at the national level and by enhancing international cooperation.’ The question to which extent federal prosecuting authorities are subject to a universal international law obligation to prosecute core international crimes is still controversial.

Máximo Langer

University of California

Devika Hovell

London School of Economics and Political Science

Naomi Roht-Arriaza

UC Hastings College of Law San Francisco


cooperation between the icc and national criminal courts in light of the principles of complementarity and subsidiarity

Based on the idea of the ICC as a ‘tribunal of last resort’, the panel examines legal aspects relating to the ICC’s activities in interaction with domestic criminal courts. The question of how and whether punitive powers can exist at an international level in the absence of a sovereign will be discussed as well as issues related to the principles of complementarity and subsidiarity.

Astrid Reisinger Coracini

University of Vienna

Talita de Souza Dias

University of Oxford


immunity as an obstacle in the prosecution of core international crimes: begin of a new era?

The ICC recently ruled in the Al-Bashir/Jordan case that an objection of immunity against the execution of ICC arrest warrants cannot be raised, even when the state in question has not ratified the Rome Statute. It remains unclear whether this ruling will lead to a deviation from the current interpretation of national law to some extent, according to which type of personal immunity from federal prosecution authorities impedes prosecution.

Nicolas Angelet

Université Libre de Bruxelles          

Donald Riznik

Bundeswehr University Munich


recent developments in criminal prosecution in the field of international criminal law in the European Union and Austria

What could be done at EU and Member State level to provide a consistent and effective EU-wide approach to the fight against impunity? Would greater cooperation and information sharing at national and EU-level, the establishment of specialised units, as well as more EU support of national prosecution agencies, foster international criminal proceedings?​

Matevz Pezdirc

Genocide Network, Eurojust      

Christine Gödl

Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Austria

Christian Ritscher

Federal Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Germany


challenges and opportunities of criminal prosecution of foreign terrorist fighters for core international crimes

The EU and its Member States are expecting the return of foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) with increasing concern as the prosecution of these returnees is proving to be extremely difficult. States primarily approach prosecution of FTFs from the perspective of combating terrorism. Given the fact that FTFs committed terrific atrocities, the way of cumulative prosecution of suspected FTFs for terrorism-related and core international crimes as well as ensuring an effective and human rights-compliant approach are at the centre of attention of this Panel.

Daniela Pisoiu

Austrian Institute for International Affairs

Manuel Eising

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe


victim participation – Access to information and the right to participate actively in international criminal proceedings

To provide victims with information on their rights and protection arrangements are recognized human rights standards. Due to the characteristics of international criminal proceedings, this principle is constantly facing challenges. The debate will deal with the question of how to integrate victims’ perspectives into investigative and prosecutorial strategies in order to ensure the fairness of proceedings and their impact on victims and affected communities. Furthermore, it will be discussed how to guarantee and strengthen victim participation in international criminal law.

albin dearing

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Thomas Wenzel

Medical University of Vienna

Tatiana Urdaneta Wittek

Centre for the Enforcement of Human Rights International


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