International Justice and Victim's Rights

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Event date: 
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 09:00 to Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 17:00
Name of Organization: 
Université de Montréal CÉRIUM
Montréal, QC


The International Justice and Victims' Rights summer school will bring together internationally renowned experts, and human rights organizations in order to discuss and reflect on issues surrounding victims’ rights and international justice. In recent years, developments like the International Criminal Court, have catipolted victims’ rights into criminal justice. In order to ensure that as they evolve, victims’ rights remain linked to the reality of victims and not develop into empty legal concepts that are detached from victims’ needs, it is important to have an understanding of the impact of victimization, victims’ needs and the effects of the law. 

 This course serves to train and engage students and professionals in the areas of law, criminology, and related disciplines in key issues regarding the rights of victims of crime and abuse of power. Organized in collaboration with the School of Criminologie, the CÉRIUM, and the International Centre for Comparative Criminology, this course is an activity of the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, which is funded by the SSHRC.   

Topics include reparation of victims of crimes against humanity, addressing the needs of victims of sexual violence in the courts, how courts handle victims who at the same time are perpetrators, as well as the place of victims in transitional justice.    

This week long course consists of daily lectures by experts. Each day there are two lectures: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lectures are one hour and thirty minutes and are followed by a break and a discussion period. In addition, a visit to the Raoul Wallenberg Center and a meeting with a representative from the Canadian Center for International Justice are scheduled. 


The school is bilingual (French-English). Students are expected to be fluent in French or English and to have at least a passive understanding of the other language. Students may submit their work in French or English.  


- Jo-Anne Wemmers, Course Leader, Professor, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal. Researcher at the International Centre of Comparative Criminology (CICC), Head of the research team Victims, Rights and Society Contact : 

- Fannie Lafontaine, Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University Canada Research Chair in International Criminal Justice and Fundamental Rights  

- Valerie Oosterveld, Associate Professor, Western Law. Associate Director, Western University's Center for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction 

- Mylène Jaccoud, Professor, School of Criminologie, Université de Montréal 

 - Luke Moffett, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Researcher at The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice  

- Mark A. Drumbl, Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute, School of Law, Washington and Lee University  

- Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill, William Dawson Scholar  

- Amissi Manirabona, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal  

- Isabelle Daignault, Associate Professor, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal. Co-director of the Centre d’étude sur le développement et l’adaptation des jeunes (CEDAJ).  

- Amanda Ghahremani, Legal Director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) 


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