Past eventResearch Event

Shaping the Law: Civil Society Influence at International Criminal Courts

25 January 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS


Kirsty Brimelow QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Dr Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association
Dr Sarah Williams, Associate and Co-Director of International Humanitarian Law Project, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of NSW
Dr Hannah Woolaver, Senior Lecturer in International Law, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town
Chair: Geoffrey Robertson QC, Head, Doughty Street Chambers



There are few opportunities for civil society actors to participate within the formal processes of international criminal law. Yet civil society interventions can be significant both in terms of promoting the value of international criminal justice and furthering the development and application of legal frameworks at both the national and international levels.

The event will bring together practitioners, academics and civil society actors to consider the role of civil society interventions in proceedings concerning international criminal justice. Participants will discuss the strategy associated with making formal interventions in proceedings, including when or how it might be appropriate to submit amicus curiae briefs, and where and when such interventions are more likely to be effective.

The meeting will be followed by an open drinks reception.

This event is held in association with Doughty Street Chambers and is accredited for 1.5 CPD points.