Workshop on War Crimes in International Criminal Law

Max Planck Foundation continues project supporting transitional justice capacities in South Sudan

From 20 until 22 November 2017, the Max Planck Foundation conducted the sixth 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, which took place in Juba, South Sudan, was organised in cooperation with the Judiciary of South Sudan.

The workshop, entitled “International Crimes I: War Crimes”, was delivered by three representatives of the Max Planck Foundation. The content of this workshop provided a theoretical and comparative introduction to war crimes as an international crime, with a particular focus on: the definition and history of war crimes, sources of regulation, elements of the crime, the protection regime of war crimes and individual criminal responsibility for war crimes. The aim of this workshop was consequently to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the development and adjudication of war crimes within international legal practice.

The first day of the workshop was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of South Sudan, Justice Chan Reec Madut, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to South Sudan, Jan Hendrik van Thiel, and the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Projects of the Max Planck Foundation.

This workshop continues the implementation 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.