Art’s Reconciliatory Potential in International Criminal Law
ICL Lunch Seminar with researcher Marina Aksenova
Reconciliation is one of the declared objectives of international criminal justice. It entails the healing of past traumatic events and the creation of a solid foundation for the future development of a society formerly ruptured by conflict. The underlying idea is that communicating universal values through accountability should theoretically lead to relief and the restoration of trust in society. While international criminal justice is tasked with contributing to this weighty goal, there is a clear gap in knowledge when it comes to developing the means of facilitating it. How can international courts and tribunals, designed to deal with narrow legal questions of guilt and specific fact-finding, contribute to overall reconciliation in communities devastated by war, ethnic violence and civil unrest?
Pluricourts holds a monthly international criminal law (ICL) lunch, where an invited ICL expert gives a presentation on a topic of their choice, followed by questions from the audience. The aim is to provide a wide-ranging lecture series, giving varied insights into what is happening within the field of ICL today. We invite speakers from different backgrounds, and have had presentations from Norwegian- based and international academics, as well as speakers from local agencies who work with ICL-related issues, such as Kripos and the Norwegian Red Cross. The lunches also function as a meeting point for those who are interested in ICL, allowing for ideas to be exchanged and developed. They are open to the public, and are attended by staff, students and those working in ICL in the Oslo area.