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INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE AT A CROSSROADS? A conversation with Sir Geoffrey Nice, KC. Centre for Global Law and Governance, School of International Relations

The Centre for Global Law and Governance is pleased to welcome Sir Geoffrey Nice KC for a conversation on his career in international justice and the prospects for legal accountability in contemporary global affairs. Professor John Hudson (School of History) will chair the discussion, with time left for audience Q&A. The Principal of the University of St Andrews, Professor Sally Mapstone, will offer opening remarks of welcome. A reception will follow the discussion.

Sir Geoffrey Nice has been a barrister since 1971 and served as a part-time judge in England between 1984 and 2018. Between 1998 and 2006 he led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia, at the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. Sir Geoffrey has recently chaired two alternative civil society approaches to international justice: the China Tribunal (2019), dealing with the organ harvesting of Falun Gong, and the Uyghur Tribunal (2020-21), that investigated China's alleged genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur and other Muslim populations. Sir Geoffrey holds an honorary doctorate of laws with the University of Kent and was knighted in 2007 for his contributions to International Criminal Justice.