Workshop on Introduction to International Criminal Law

Max Planck Foundation begins second component of project supporting transitional justice capacities in South Sudan

From 11 until 13 September 2017, the Max Planck Foundation conducted the fifth workshop in a series of workshops providing legal capacity building to the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal of South Sudan on transitional justice. The workshop was organised in cooperation with the Judiciary of South Sudan and followed on from the successful completion of the first component of the project providing technical assistance to the Justices of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of South Sudan in preparation for their participation in transitional justice mechanisms envisioned within Chapter V of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. The workshop took place in Juba, South Sudan.

The workshop, entitled “Introduction to International Criminal Law”, was delivered by three representatives of the Max Planck Foundation. Sessions within this workshop introduced the justices to international criminal law, with a particular focus on: sources of international criminal law, general introductions to international crimes including crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and the crime of aggression, the principle of legality and the prosecution of international crimes in national jurisdictions. The aim of this workshop was therefore to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of international criminal law.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of South Sudan, Justice Chan Reec Madut and the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Projects of the Max Planck Foundation.

This workshop marks the successful start of the second of three components of the project “Supporting Transitional Justice Capacities in South Sudan”, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.