Centre for Asian Legal Studies
'Trials for International Crimes in Asia'
CENTRE FOR ASIAN LEGAL STUDIES
National University of Singapore
Faculty of Law
17-18 OCTOBER 2013
This conference will examine the legal issues arising from the tribunals convened in Asia to deal with crimes of international import - namely, aggression, war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. It will consider both tribunals that have been established on the initiative of Asian governments and tribunals mounted in Asia at the behest of non-Asian governments or international organisations. In keeping with the legal theme, it will lay particular stress on the different modes of liability developed within these courts' respective jurisdictions - among them, joint criminal enterprise, command responsibility, complicity, and defences against them.
Over a seven-decade time-span, many tribunals have been convened in the region, from the earliest, established in Manila and Tokyo after the Second World War, to the latest, currently hearing cases in Phnom Penh and Dhaka. During the intervening years, lesser-known trials were also mounted by the colonial powers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Batavia, Saigon and elsewhere; by the Guomindang and People's Republic of China in the early Cold War period; and by the Vietnamese authorities after Khmer Rouge rule in the 1970s. Beyond the historical-political analysis, the conference aims to draw substantive conclusions about the legal legacy of these tribunals, and appraise the mechanisms evolving in Asia today, either at the 'hybrid' internationalised tribunals or within national systems.
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