Second Seminar on International Law for Afghan and Pakistani Females

Max Planck Foundation delivers seminar on international criminal law for cross-border participants

The Max Planck Foundation delivered a seminar from 11 to 22 July 2016 for Afghan and Pakistani female law students and lawyers on international criminal law. The seminar aims to strengthen the participants’ expertise in international law through collaborative learning, adopting a cross-border approach.

Research Fellows from the Max Planck Foundation introduced the participants to the history and foundational concepts of international criminal law, including individual criminal responsibility. They addressed different types of jurisdiction and international criminal tribunals. The expert, Mr Manuel Ventura of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, conducted in-depth modules on the core crimes and the International Criminal Court, as well as the domestic implementation of international criminal law. The seminar was structured in an interactive format with group work, presentations and mock trials.

The seminar is part of a programme aimed at legal capacity building across Pakistan and Afghanistan (2015 to 2016). The participants will now undertake cross-border academic research on a topic emanating from the seminar. They will present their research paper at the fourth seminar of this programme.