Roundtable Discussion "Justice and Accountability after the Holocaust"
The roundtable discussion focused on the role of the judiciary in Germany under Nazi rule, and the establishment of the international justice system in the aftermath of World War II and the Nuremberg trials. The event, organized by the United Nations Holocaust Programme in partnership with International Bar Association, featured remarks by Cecile Aptel, Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's War Crimes Committee and Professor at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University ; Patricia Heberer, an historian with the Centre for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Irwin Cotler, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; and Karen Odaba Mosoti, Head of the Liaison Office of the International Criminal Court to the United Nations. The panellists addressed the legal implications of the judiciary’s complicity in upholding discriminatory Nazi laws which culminated in the Holocaust, and the role of States and courts today in protecting vulnerable populations, holding war criminals accountable and preserving democratic value.
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