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UNSW Law & Justice Book Forum: Sophie Rigney

8 December 2022
5.30pm – 7.00pm AEDT
Online via Zoom

UNSW Law & Justice invites you to the launch of Fairness and Rights in International Criminal Procedure by Dr Sophie Rigney.

Join the book's author as well as a panel of guest speakers to learn more about this important publication. This seminar will take place online via Zoom.

Book description:

Fairness is considered to be at the heart of international criminal trials. In ‘Fairness and Rights in International Criminal Procedure’, Sophie Rigney demonstrates that fairness is regularly invoked in international criminal procedure, but in ways that are inconsistent, and frequently at odds with the rights of the accused. Rigney builds a new theoretical framework for understanding fairness and rights in international criminal trials, and conducts an in-depth study of procedural decisions at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court between 2008-2018. The book ultimately shows that there is a clear separation between fairness and rights in these trials, and offers new paths for solving the problems currently plaguing those researching, practicing, adjudicating and being judged by international criminal law.

Guest speakers:

Kate Gibson, Doughty Street Chambers and International Criminal Court defence counsel.

Dr Rosemary Grey, Lecturer, University of Sydney.

Dr Christine Schwobel-Patel, Associate Professor and Reader, University of Warwick/ Berlin University.

Chaired by Professor Sarah Williams, School of Global & Public Law, Faculty of Law & Justice, UNSW.

Author biographies:

Dr Sophie Rigney is a Senior Research Associate at the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW. Her research focuses on Indigenous peoples, the state, and international law; international criminal law and particularly the rights of the accused and the role of defence lawyers; and international law's narratives, especially the ways in which international law is depicted in children's literature. Sophie has previously worked as a Lecturer at the University of Dundee, and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and she has served as a Director of Amnesty International Australia and as Chair of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative UK.