19th June 2019


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313


53-54 DOUGHTY STREET, WC1N 2LS (click for map)

6pm - 7.30pm (Registration from 5.30pm)


The International Criminal Law Team at Doughty Street Chambers and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS are pleased to invite you to an evening's discussion on how the history of multilateral co-operation in prosecuting international crime might inform and enhance today's efforts to improve accountability for war crimes.

The United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), was a multilateral organization with full diplomatic status operating from 1944 to 1948, which assisted national governments of its Member States (and Ethiopia) with 36,000 indictments leading to 10,000 convictions in 2,000 trials worldwide. Today attention is again turning to how international assistance might be garnered for national prosecutions of international crimes. Our panel will discuss the powerful lessons from the work of the UNWCC, as well as looking at practical ways in which they might be implemented today to better serve victims, taking some recent case studies as illustrative examples.

Please join us on Wednesday 19th June from 6pm (registration from 5.30pm) for what promises to be a fascinating discussion.  We hope you will be able to stay after the talk for some drinks, food, and networking with colleagues.

For a ticket please email events@doughtystreet.co.uk 



Welcome: Steven Powles QC (Head of Doughty Street International)

Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst (Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme at Chatham House and member of Doughty Street's Academic Panel). 


Judge Richard Goldstone (First Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda)

Dr Dan Plesch (Convenor of the SOAS Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy)

Megan Hirst (Barrister at Doughty Street specialising in international criminal law).



This event is part of the Beyond the Nuremberg / ICC Model of Justice series, delivered in partnership with The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), and The Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice (CCRJ).  Other events in the series include:

International Justice in Africa

Accountability for War Criminals: lost lessons from WW2

American Hero: A discussion of FDR's Ambassador for war crimes prosecution, Congressman Herbert Pell