Reparations for victims of international crimes: legal and criminological aspects with Prof Stephan Parmentier

Event date: 
22 Oct 2013
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Venue: 
Staff Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law
Topic: 
Reparations for victims of international crimes
Speaker: 
Dr Stephan Parmentier
Position: 
Professor of Law at Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) specialising in the fields of Sociology of Crime, Law and Human Rights
Cost: 
Free
Enquiries: 
9385 1803

When it comes to international crimes and mass harm and victimization, attempts to provide justice and reparation is an extremely difficult task. What would be a fitting punishment for the killing of thousands? Is it possible to adequately distinguish offenders, victims, and bystanders in the chaos of a state in collapse? What does reparation mean for victims who have lost nearly everything (families, homes, possessions) and who witnessed the cruelest forms of violence or were themselves victims of such cruelty? These are just a few of the complex questions confronting post-conflict societies.

These are just a few of the complex questions post-conflict societies are struggling with. In this presentation, Stephan Parmentier will first sketch the legal framework of the right to reparation at the national and the international level, and further address some criminological aspects relating to the practice of reparations for victims."

Dr Stephan Parmentier is a Professor of Law at Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven) specialising in the fields of Sociology of Crime, Law and Human Rights. He has served as the Head of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at KU Leuven from 2005 -2009, as has been advisors to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Belgian Minister of the Interior, the King Baudouin Foundation, and Amnesty International. Between 1999-2002, he was the vice-chairman of the Flemish section of Amnesty International and has been the editor-in-chief of the Flemish Yearbook on Human Rights since 1998. His research interests include political crimes, transitional justice and human rights, and the administration of criminal justice. Stephan has co-authored several books including: Out of the Ashes: Reparations for Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations (2006), and most recently, Between Rights and Responsibilities: A Fundamental Debate (2013).