The International Criminal Court and Libya: Complementarity in Conflict

Date: Monday 22 September 2014

Time: 17:30 - 18:45

Location: 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE

Venue: Chatham House

Speakers: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Melinda Taylor, Defence Counsel Carla Ferstman, Director, Redress

In two recent high-profile cases relating to Libya, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has ruled that the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi will stand trial in Libya while Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader, will be tried in The Hague. Are these decisions reconcilable and how does one assess complementarity during an ongoing violent conflict? This event will explore these issues and whether concerns over Libya’s ability to guarantee a fair trial matter to the ICC.


  • Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Professor of Criminal Law, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Melinda Taylor, Defence Counsel
  • Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
  • Carla Ferstman, Director, Redress

To book your place please contact Catherine Wanjiku on  or 020 7314 3686. 

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