Event: Launch of Sussex Rights and Justice Reseach Centre

Research Centre Launch – Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre
Human Rights and Justice in Our Times:
Challenges to Achieving a Globalised Paradigm
Wednesday 20 April, 4:30PM to 6:00PM, followed by a reception
Fulton B Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex
Keynote speaker:
Rosette Muzigo-Morrison, International Criminal Court

Rights violations constituting international crimes continue to be committed the world over. This presentation looks at how the concepts of human rights and justice have evolved through international criminal justice institutions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—such as ad hoc tribunals, hybrid special courts, and eventually the International Criminal Court—and at the major challenges that have hampered the full realisation of a global regime of human rights observance. Many states, including three permanent members of the UN Security Council, have not ratified the Rome Statute. This constitutes a hindrance to the universal reach of the ICC. Furthermore, the ICC, due to obvious reasons including financial limitations, can only investigate and prosecute only a few cases.  This creates an impunity gap.

Ultimately, addressing this impunity gap requires multi-faceted approaches.  The contribution of the ICC and other tribunals must be supplemented by other actions, both at the national and international levels. The role of non-state actors, training, and activism are a few of the mechanisms that should be employed to challenge impunity.
Speaker biography:
Rosette Muzigo-Morrison currently works with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She has worked for: the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from inception to closure; the Special Court for Sierra Leone (which conducted the prosecution of former Liberian president Charles Taylor); the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya (where she was assigned the position of sexual violence investigator); and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
After obtaining her LLB from Makerere University in her native Uganda in 1988, she was in private practice briefly, before becoming a Human Rights Programme Officer with a faith-based organisation. She later went to Notre Dame where she studied International Peace Studies and also obtained an LLM in international human rights law from the same University.