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Title: Enforcing International Humanitarian Law in foreign courts


1
Enforcing International Humanitarian Law in
foreign courts
Avocats sans Fontières workshop, Beit Jala, 23
July 2008
  • Opportunities Challenges -gt Strategies
  • Grietje Baars, Legal Adviser, Diakonia Regional
    Middle East Office

2
Opportunities
  • Palestine A war crime a minute
  • The law is on your side
  • .. BUT

3
Challenges
  • Obstacles mentioned before money, time, etc
  • Courts dont necessarily dispense justice
  • Law in books ? law in action

4
! Strategies!
  • Chose your battles.
  • What do you want?
  • Winning in court
  • Media attention/raising awareness
  • Risks
  • Case dismissed
  • A bad precedent
  • A distorted media picture?
  • Think creatively, litigate prosecute
    strategically

5
How can we help you?
  • Legal analysis (Easy IHL Guide)
  • Legal advice
  • Training (also by partners)
  • Topical Forums on IHL
  • Networking
  • Conference

6
See you in Court!
  • www.diakonia.se/ihl
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