Herbstsemester 2012

"Whose law is it anyway? The role of citizens' and peoples' tribunals in international law"

A two-day seminar on 5 and 6 October 2012 with guest professor Andrew Byrnes from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

"People's Tribunals", "Citizens' Tribunals" or smilar commissions of inquiry have been established since the 1960s as a form of accountability outside State-sponsored structrues. Despite the fairly high number of such tribunals, they have received little attention in the legal discussion.

In this seminar we will present recent developments and examine this phenomenon more closely from a legal perspective. How are these institutions conceived of by those who establish and participate in them? Can mechanisms such as the Peoples' Tibunal on Cambodia 2012 contribute to implementing international human rights law and what is their stance with regard to State-led mechanisms?

Selected participants will present their topic at a two-day seminar to be held on 5 and 6 October in Zurich and receive feedback. The final papers have to be submitted until 6 December 2012. A thorough knowledge of public international law is required. The seminar is also open for PhD students researching in this field.

The seminar will be held by a leading expert in the field, Andrew Byrnes, Professor of law at the University of New South Wales (Australia), and Christine Kaufmann, Professor of law at the University of Zurich.

There are still some places open, so if you are interested in participating please send a motivation letter no longer than one page to lst.kaufmann@rwi.uzh.ch .

Link to University of New South Wales, Andrew Byrnes