There will be a short introduction by the moderator to set the scene of the international criminal courts. The expert panellists will then each in turn discuss the issues from their different perspectives and there should be about 15 minutes left for Q & A.
Reliable estimates are that there is currently violent conflict in around 40 countries and that well over 100,000 combatants and civilian non-combatants die each year from armed conflict. There are widespread violations of the laws of war and shocking crimes against humanity. This seminar will hear from three top experts with their hands-on and varied experience in the challenging task of bringing the worst perpetrators to fair and effective justice as their victims and the wider international community so ardently wish.
Andrew Cayley CMG QC qualified as a solicitor in 1989. From 1995 to 2007 Andrew was prosecuting counsel and then senior prosecuting counsel at the ICTY and the ICC. From 2007 to 2009 Andrew defended the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor, before the SCSL. From 2009 to 2013 Andrew was Chief Prosecutor of the ECCC, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, based in Cambodia. Andrew was UK Director Service Prosecutions from 2013 to 2020 and in 2021 the Attorney General appointed him HM Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Fiona Mckay is Senior Managing Legal Officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative heading its work on international justice. Previously, she led the establishment of the first victim participation programme in an international criminal tribunal, heading the International Criminal Court’s Victim Participation and Reparations Section in The Hague. Before that she specialised in creating and implementing projects to provide legal services to victims seeking legal remedies for human rights violations in domestic, regional and international forums.
Sir Howard Morrison KCMG CBE QC recently finished his mandate as President of the Appeals Division at the International Criminal Court. He was involved in a number of high profile appeals. Previously he served as a Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia where he tried Radovan Karadzic for genocide and other egregious crimes. He has extensive judicial experience in five different jurisdictions and has participated in thousands of cases as counsel and judge. He lectures worldwide in international criminal and humanitarian law and teaches good governance and advocacy as a visiting Professor and academic Fellow.
Nicholas Stewart QC, FCIArb (moderator) now practises as an independent arbitrator and mediator in commercial and sporting disputes (CAS arbitrator since 2015). He has been a Deputy High Court Judge of the Chancery Division since 1991. From 2003 to 2006 he was lead defence counsel for the Bosnian Serb leader Momcilo Krajisnik before the ICTY and from 2006 to 2010 was defence counsel in an ICTY trial which included charges from the siege of Mostar. He was vice-chair of the CIArb London committee 2018-20.