Conferences@934: International Criminal Justice

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In the series «CONFERENCES@934» organized by the Consulate General of France in New York, with the support of Openskies, Mr. Bruno Cathala [1] and Mr. Daniel Schimmel [2]gave a lecture on September 29th on the theme:

"International criminal justice: a collaboration of cultures born of conflicts?"


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Daniel Schimmel


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Bruno Cathala

To see more pictures of the conference, please visit the Flickr page of the Consulate.
«CONFERENCES@934» is a series of monthly conferences organized by the Consulate General of France that bring together two leading experts, one French and one American, who confront their analyses on international issues.

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Philippe Lalliot

Speech by the Consul General, Philippe Lalliot:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,

I am very happy to welcome you to the Consulate for this second season of Conferences@934. Thanks to you, these conferences were a real success last year and thus we decided to renew them.

I invite you to check the Conference program on our website so that you can be informed of our next conferences. You will also be able this year to download a podcast of each conference.

Dear Friends,

Tonight we have decided to discuss the ambitions and the achievements of international criminal justice. Two recent events have placed these legal institutions in the spotlight: first of all, the polemics surrounding the two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in March 2009 and in July 2010 respectively for crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur. Then, on July 26th, the sentencing of Douch to 35 years in prison by the special tribunal for the Khmers Rouges.

Born of several centuries of deadly conflict, the collaboration between nations as it exists today under different forms of international justice is regularly called into question even regarding its very existence.

We are very lucky to have with us tonight two great speakers with plenty of personal experience on this issue.

It is indeed a perfect transition to have Daniel Schimmel with us. He does us the honor of coming back after his fascinating intervention on comparative law last May.

Daniel is partner at Kelley, Drye & Warren in New York. He’s is a specialist of international arbitration and transnational litigation. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Federal Judicial Center and of the International Chamber of Commerce. Daniel served as first law clerk to Judge Rakoff in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 1996 and was also an assistant de justice at the TGI de Bobigny, in France. He is also a representative of Lawyers Without Borders at the United Nations. He regularly participates in pro bono training programs for prosecution staff in the international courts, especially the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the ICC.

Bruno Cathala, is Chief Judge at High Court of Evry and has come from Paris to join us for this conference. Bruno Cathala has participated in the training of judges and prosecutors in Cambodia, Laos and in Bosnia-Herzemgovina. From 2000 to 2001 he was deputy Registrar at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia before joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He joined the ICC on October 15, 2002, as its first staff member and was elected as its first Registrar by the judges in 2003. Bruno Cathala published several works on the ICC.
Before beginning, please allow me to remind you the rules of the game. Our two guest speakers will make a presentation during the first 30 minutes and we will then have half an hour of Q&A. I recall, in order for the discussion to be as free as possible, that the opinions expressed here are strictly those of our guest speakers. We will close the session towards 7:30 to have refreshment together.
Last but not least. I would like to thank our partner Open Skies, and particularly Jean-Charles Périno, for his support. Without his help, this conference would not have been possible.
Without further ado, Gentlemen, the floor is yours.

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[1Judge Bruno Cathala was named Judge at the High Court of Evry (Paris region) after a long experience in international criminal justice.
After attending the Ecole nationale de la magistrature (FrenchNationalSchool for the Judiciary), he practiced in La Rochelle, Rouen, Nîmes and Paris. He also participated in the training of magistrates in Cambodia, Laos, Bulgaria and Bosnia Herzegovina. From 2000 to 2001 he was deputy clerk at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and then he joined the International Criminal Court in The Hague (Netherlands) thus becoming the first civil servant recruited by that organization. He was named Court Clerk in 2003. In this function he put in to place an annual meeting of international criminal justice clerks. The first one was held in Sierra Leone in 2004 and the most recent was in June 2010 inUganda.
Mr. Cathala notably published in 2003 La CPI, mode d’emploi and Les missions de maintien de la paix et la CPI : une relation complexe et obligée, and in 2006 La montée en puissance de la CPI et La Cour pénale internationale et les victimes.

[2Daniel Schimmel is a partner at Kelley, Drye & Warren’s New York office. He focuses his practice on international arbitration proceedings, litigation and internal investigations.Mr. Schimmel has served as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitrations arising from mergers and acquisitions, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, construction and infrastructure projects, licensing agreements, and employment agreements of key executives. He also represents companies and individuals, including French-speaking clients, in commercial litigation in the United States.

Mr. Schimmel served as first law clerk to the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, in 1996. He also was a law clerk at the High Court of Bobigny (Paris region), in 1992-1993.

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