Speaker: FATOU BENSOUDA Deputy Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Moderator: DIANE MARIE AMANN University of California-Davis
International law, and the world in which it operates, are increasingly both harmonious and dissonant. The Society’s Annual Meeting in 2011 will focus on the evolution of international law in the context of this paradox.
The paradox of simultaneous segmentation and seamlessness raises important questions. Most broadly, when should international law be segmented, and when should it be seamless? What are the mechanisms for deciding this question, and what are the values that inform those decisions? What do these trends say about international law as a coherent system? To what extent are certain groups and their viewpoints excluded or ignored? What does this say about who the influential players within the international legal system are, and how that influence is exercised? What does the existence of competing conceptions of international law itself mean for ASIL's constituents, including judges deciding international issues, practitioners seeking to persuade courts and craft international policy, and scholars seeking to understand and propose solutions to global problems?
Society members are uniquely positioned to tackle these questions with their diverse perspectives, experiences, and areas of expertise, and their unifying commitment to investigating the limits and possibilities of international law. We look forward to an exciting and dynamic meeting that will examine such trends, and their implications for international law and legal institutions in the 21st century.
Diane Marie Amann
Diane Marie Amann is Professor of Law at the University of California-Davis and Director of the California International Law Center at King Hall.
Ms. Fatou Bensouda of the Gambia is Prosecutor-Elect and currently serving as Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She previously served as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit. Between 1987 and 2000, she was successively Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic, then Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she served as Chief Legal Advisor to the President and Cabinet of the Republic of the Gambia. Ms. Bensouda participated in negotiations on the treaty of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Parliament, and the ECOWAS Tribunal. In 2009, she received the International Criminal Justice (ICJ) award presented by the President of India in New Delhi for her contribution to criminal law both at the national and international level.
Fatou Bensouda, deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, explains how prioritizing crimes against women and children fits into the ICC's mission of prosecuting the most serious crimes from around the world.