New York December 2017 - Immunities ASP Side Event
Friday, 8 December 2017
18:00 – 19:30
Immunities under international law

There can be no doubt that the question of immunities remains one of the most pressing issues before the ICC, with countless academic articles offering differing legal conclusions. On 21 September 2017, the African Union‘s Open-Ended Committee of African Ministers on the ICC met in New York. At this meeting, the ministers considered a concept note from the AU Commission on Head of State immunity and the ICC. As a result, space has opened for a respectful and constructive debate on the immunity question - a unique opportunity to make progress on this intricate issue.

Co-hosted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Republic of Sierra Leone and by the Republic of Uganda, the panel will included:
• Opening remarks by the co-hosts
• Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford; member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA)
• Elise Keppler, Associate director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch
• Max du Plessis, Honorary Research Associate, University of KwaZulu-Natal; Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies; Advocate of the High Court of South Africa; associate, Doughty Street Chambers, London
• Dire Tladi, Professor of International Law, University of Pretoria; Special Adviser to the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation; Member of the UN International Law Commission

Moderator: Mark Kersten, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Deputy Director, Wayamo Foundation
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