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Expert Panel Event during 17th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute on Accountability for Mass Starvation

Date: 11 December 2018
Location: The Hague, Netherlands

This event follows on from the Side Event to the 17th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, which considered Switzerland’s proposed amendment to the Rome Statute to include the war crime of starvation in a non-international armed conflict. The expert panel will discuss the proposed amendment and the prospects of a prosecution without it; why starvation should be viewed as an atrocity crime; how it has been adjudicated upon previously in international tribunals; and what the International Criminal Court can offer in the absence of a starvation trial.

The Starvation team were joined by Ali Aljasem, the Human Security Officer at Damaan Humanitarian Organisation and a researcher at the Conflict Studies Center at Utrecht University. Previously Ali worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Aleppo. He also works for the Dialogue Advisory Group in Amsterdam. The event was elegantly moderated by Federica D’Alessandra, founding Executive Director of the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security at the Blavatnik School of Government’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. She specializes in public international law, international criminal, human rights, and humanitarian law.

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