Max Planck Foundation Workshop on Crimes Against Humanity with Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of South Sudan

Training for 16 Justices on the application of international criminal law in South Sudan

From 26 to 28 February 2018, the Max Plank Foundation delivered a workshop entitled ‘International Crimes II: Crimes Against Humanity’ for the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal of South Sudan.

The workshop, held in Juba, South Sudan, was officially inaugurated by the Deputy Chief Justice of South Sudan, Justice John Gatwech Lul, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to South Sudan, H.E. Jan Hendrik van Thiel, and the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Projects of the Max Planck Foundation.

The three-day workshop focused on the technical legal aspects of crimes against humanity as an international crime. Specific topics addressed included: the historical development of crimes against humanity, objective and subjective elements of the crime, underlying crimes of crimes against humanity and perpetrators and victims of the crime. In addition to the presentations and discussions, representatives of the Max Planck Foundation concluded the workshop with a case study discussion, which engaged the participants in the practical application of the various topics discussed, while enabling them to better understand the legal practicalities of prosecuting crimes against humanity at the international and domestic levels.

This workshop, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, continued the implementation of the second of three components of the project “Supporting Transitional Justice Capacities in South Sudan”, which explores the subject of international criminal law and its applicability in the South Sudanese context

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