Business globalization can be the source of Human Rights and environmental violations that can trigger criminal and / or civil liability for corporations and their executives. This is particularly the case in conflict affected areas and weak governance zones where serious crimes under international law and/or national laws are being committed. The perpetrators of such crimes and those aiding and abetting them are often funded by the exploitation of natural resources. In this context, lawyers and in-house counsel have a key role to play, first from a preventive point of view in conducting on a systematic and continuous basis, "Human Rights due diligence" to identify all potential risks. They will also intervene when companies are facing proceedings (civil/and or criminal) before national or international jurisdictions. Lawyers and in-house counsel are facing new, complex and multi-faceted legal issues and have to get ahead to fare in this new landscape and are invited to attend this major conference jointly organized by the Council of the National Bar of France and the American Bar Association. Featuring US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Stephen J. Rapp, among other speakers. Ministerial Conference Center, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 27, rue de la Convention, 75015. More information; program; online registration.
The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law's final seminar in our series of seminars and events in the academic year 2012-2013. Featuring a keynote address by ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song on "Pursuing universal acceptance of the Rome Statute and other challenges for the evolving system of international criminal justice" as well as remarks and a follow up presentation by ICC Office of the Prosecutor Special Adviser Patricia Viseur Sellers. Moderated by Professor William Burke-White. University of Pennsylvania Law School, Silverman Hall, 3501 Sansom Street. CLE credits available. More information; archived video.
The Columbia University World Leaders Forum program features an address by Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court, titled The International Criminal Court and the Fight Against Impunity for Atrocity Crimes, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Introduction by Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University in the City of New York. Moderated by Elazar Barkan, Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in the City of New York. The event will be streamed live on the World Leaders Forum website. A link will be provided on the day of the event. More information.
William R. Pace has served as the Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court since its founding in 1995. He is the Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. He has been engaged in international justice, rule of law, environmental law, and human rights for the past 30 years. He previously served as the Secretary-General of the Hague Appeal for Peace, the Director of the Center for the Development of International Law, and the Director of Section Relations of the Concerts for Human Rights Foundation at Amnesty International, among other positions. He is the President of the Board of the Center for United Nations Reform Education and an Advisory Board member of the One Earth Foundation, as well as the co-founder of the NGO Steering Committee for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the NGO Working Group on the United Nations Security Council. He is the recipient of the William J. Butler Human Rights Medal from the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and currently serves as an Ashoka Foundation Fellow. Mr. Pace has authored numerous articles and reports on international justice, international affairs and UN issues, multilateral treaty processes, and civil society participation in international decision-making. Stanford University, Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra Street. Free and open to the Public. More information.
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