International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda – The Role of Courts in Protecting and Preserving Human Rights

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on November 9, 2009

“The Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in conjunction with the Cornell Law School is committed to helping the Rwanda Tribunal garner more attention world-wide. The lessons and legacy of ground-breaking legal matters related to the unspeakable events in Rwanda should not be forgotten. Humans, whether from rich or poor countries, must remain vigilant in curbing the motivations that lead individuals and groups to violent hatred and barbaric acts against a class of people. Consequently, items about this tribunal, which will end shortly after 2010, will appear from time to time on this news service. Last month, the IWS Colloquium Series, with cosponsorship of the Cornell Law School (represented by Prof. Claire Germain) hosted Sir Dennis Byron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), who spoke about the Role of the Courts in Protecting and Preserving Human Rights. It was a fascinating evening that touched on both legal and institutional issues, never flinching from some of the moral and social issues. Of particular note are the ground-breaking precedents of the ICTR in regard to sexual violence and the limits of freedom of speech. [Stuart Basefsky]

  • Video highlights from the October 6, 2009 lecture, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda – The Role of the Courts in Protecting and Preserving Human Rights with Judge Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
  • Brief biographical description of Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
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