Staff Seminar: International Criminal Justice – are we at a crisis point?

Professor Gideon Boas La Trobe Law School

Professor Gideon Boas

In this staff seminar, Professor Gideon Boas will present a paper titled, ‘International Criminal Justice – are we at a crisis point?’.


The International Criminal Court was to be the great bastion of international criminal justice, but 15 years into its operation a number of nations are pulling out, the US and some other key states have not signed on and some say the court is stagnating. At the same time, questions arise about the effectiveness of alternative responses to mass atrocity, such as truth commissions and negotiated interventions, and it seems the wave of cosmopolitan political optimism that swept the world in the 90s is fading. Is the great push for international justice fading or are rumours of its demise exaggerated?


Professor Gideon Boas joined the Law School in January this year. His research expertise is in international and criminal law and justice, evidence and procedure. He was a Senior Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where he was the senior adviser to the Trial Chamber in the Milošević case. He has consulted for a range of governments, including the Australian federal government and Victorian government departments, as well as the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has also consulted for the United Nations, other international organisations and NGOs, writing briefing papers and providing training. Gideon has acted for accused war criminal, Radovan Karadžić and has appeared and provided expert advice on extradition and other matters. He has published many books, book chapters and articles on international law, criminal law, evidence and justice. Gideon is a barrister and his practice traverses trials and appeals across the criminal and civil disciplines.


Date: 12 July 2017

Time: 11.45pm to 1pm. Light refreshments will be served from 11.45am – 12noon.

Venue: La Trobe Law School Moot Court, Social Sciences Building (Room 232), Melbourne Campus, La Trobe University

Cost: Free

RVSP: Please register via Eventbrite. For catering purposes, registration by Sunday 9 July would be appreciated.

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