International Conference on “Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law: Its Intellectual Roots, Related Limits and Potential”

International Conference on “Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law: Its Intellectual Roots, Related Limits and Potential”

Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi being one of the organisers wishes to give wide publicity to this academic endeavor co-organised by the Centre for International Law Research and Policy, the Indian Institute of Law, Peking University International Law Institute, Waseda University Law School, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, University of Delhi Campus Law Centre, The University of Nottingham, the Institute for International Peace and Security Law, Asian African Legal Consultative Organization, the Indian Society of International Law, and International Nuremberg Principles Academy, with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
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 25-26 August 2017 at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.

The international conference is being organised with the objective of promoting research in the area of international criminal law and more specifically to analyse foundational concepts in international criminal law like ‘punishment’, ‘responsibility’, ‘accountability’, ‘retribution’, ‘mental state’, ‘intent’, ‘harm’, ‘Rechtsgut’, ‘legally protected interest’, ‘humanity’, ‘humane’, ‘integrity’, ‘deterrence’, ‘prevention’, ‘sovereignty’, ‘territoriality’, ‘reasonable’, ‘proportional’ and ‘necessity’ and some emerging terms like ‘reconciliation’ and ‘unity’.

The conference intends to establish the correlation of these concepts with teachings of leading philosophers of law and scholars like Hugo Grotius, Thomas Hobbes, Emmerich de Vattel, Immanuel Kant, Georg W.F. Hegel, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Raphael Lemkin, Hannah Arendt and Jürgen Habermas with international criminal law, and exploring the potential and limits of international criminal law. The conference intends to clarify and deepen the intellectual roots of international criminal law, encouraging the contribution of older and more diverse schools and traditions of thought towards maturing international criminal law as a discipline, and cementing the consensus around its basic building blocks.

The project also aims to offer reflections on how the discipline of international criminal law should evolve further, what its perceivable outer limits may be, and which gentle civilizers other than international criminal law should begin where its reach necessarily ends.

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