INTERACTIVE DEBATE – Thanks to international courts and tribunals, suspects of serious international crimes can be persecuted. Often it is said that without these persecutions, sustainable peace is not possible. Still, international courts of appeals are the target of much criticism. They are expensive, slow and have little effect on the countries in which the crimes happened.
Should we accept that international criminal justice ultimately contributes little to national peace, or are there possibilities to improve the system? During this HagueTalks, we will hear from three international experts what is needed to make a better connection between international criminal justice and the national context.
Koffi Afande was a judge for, amongst others, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. According to him, the apparent improvement of the status of victims in international criminal justice is deceiving. Therefore, a paradigmatic shift is necessary.
About the speaker
Koffi Kumelio A. Afande. Judge for the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY / ICTR (former). Senior legal advisor of Togo in the United Nations Security Council, and the sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (former). Commissioner for Political, Constitutional and Institutional Reforms of Togo.