Colloque : Defeating Impunity, Promoting International Justice. The Archival Trail, 1914-2016


9 MARCH 2016 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, CIERL, Main room / Library (av. F.D. Roosevelt, 17. 1050 Brussels)




Welcome & Introduction


9.30        EXPERIENCES


Moderator: Stanislas Horvat (Royal Military Academy Belgium)


-       Rebecca Wittmann (University of Toronto): “From Majdanek to Demjanjuk: Failures of Justice in Postwar Germany”


-       Thomas Graditzky (Université Libre de Bruxelles): “The Belgian Experience of the Law of Military Occupation during the Great War: Overlooked by the Postwar Trials?”


-       Lisette Schouten (Universität Heidelberg): “Delivering Justice? Hugo Pos as a Resilient Prosecutor in East Asia’s War Crimes Courts (1944-1948)”


11.30  RECORDS


Moderator: Kerstin von Lingen (Universität Heidelberg)


-       Catherine Denis (Avocats Sans Frontières): “A View from within on the Challenges of International Justice: Transitions, Memory and Prevention”


-       Delphine Lauwers (Belgian State Archives): “A Century of Pioneering Case-law. Digitizing and Investigating Belgian Precedents of International Justice”


-       Vanessa Voisin (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne): “Filming the War Crimes Trials: a Soviet Policy”


13.00 : Lunch 




Moderator: Henry Rousso (Institut d’Histoire du Temps Présent, CNRS, Paris)


-       Wolfgang Form (Philipps-Universitat Marburg): “Bringing together the United Nations War Crimes Commission Papers”


-       Arnaud Charon (Belgian State Archives/Université Libre de Bruxelles): “Deportees Claim Justice: the Trial Proceeding of Jacques Pirenne before the Germano-Belgian Mixed Arbitral Tribunal (1924)”


-       Pieter Lagrou and Ornella Rovetta (Université Libre de Bruxelles): “Torture on Trial, 2014-1914: the Words the Crime Elicits”





Keynote Lecture: Kerstin von Lingen (Universität Heidelberg): “Coining Postwar Justice: Exile, Legal scholarship and the United Nations War Crimes Commission”. (International Chair in the History of the Second World War 2016)


(Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, Building R42, Room R42.5.503)



20.30 Dinner




10 MARCH 2016 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, Building K, Room K3.201


9.0           ACTORS


Moderator : Rebecca Wittmann (University of Toronto)


-       Isabelle Delpla (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon) : “Victim (de)Mobilisations: the Diversity of Victim Witnesses at the ICTY”


-       Marie-Anne Weisers (Université Libre de Bruxelles): “The Struggle of Belgian Magistrates to Punish Crimes against the Jews (1947-1951)”


-       Chris De Cock (Lieutenant-colonel, Chief of Staff, BEL Armed Forces, Legal Department) : “The Role of the Legal Advisor in Operations: Accomplishing the Mission While Respecting the Law”


-       Despina Konstantinakou (University of Athens): “Triple Occupation - Triple Impunity?: The Prosecution of German, Italian, Bulgarian War Criminals in Postwar Greece”





Moderator : Pierre-Olivier de Broux (Université Saint Louis Bruxelles)


-       Guillaume Mouralis (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre): “The Preparation of the Nuremberg Trial: Professional Paths and Legal Innovation”


-       Vincent Genin (Université de Liège): “An International Justice without Belgium? The case of the Permanent Court of International Justice (1921-1930)”


-       Diane Bernard (Université Saint Louis Bruxelles): “Articulating Domestic and International Jurisdiction. Audacious Dreams and Realistic Creativity in the Preparatory Steps towards the Statute of the International Criminal Court (1919-1998)”



12.30 Conclusions

Informations pratiques

9-10 March 2016

Registration : defeatingimpunity(at)


Site internet du projet PAI "Justice & Population 2.0" accessible en cliquant ici.


Organizing Committee: Pieter Lagrou (ULB), Ornella Rovetta (ULB), Pierre-Olivier de Broux (USL-B), Thomas Graditzky (ULB)


9 March 2016 : 9.00 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, CIERL, Main Room/Library (av. F.D. Roosevelt, 17, 1050 Bruxelles)


9 March 2016 : 18.00 Keynote Lecture : Kerstin Von Lingen (Universität Heidelberg) : Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, Building R42, Room R42.5.503 (Solvay Brussels School of Economics Building)


10 March 2016 : 9.00 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch, Building K, Room K3.201 (Next to Inscriptions Building)

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