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GRC and the WPF invited to participate in the Journal of International Criminal Justice workshop on “Starvation in International Law” at Oxford University April 5 2019

5 April 2019

Global Rights Compliance’s (GRC) Managing Partner Wayne Jordash QC and Senior Legal Consultant Catriona Murdoch, together with World Peace Foundation’s Executive Director Alex de Waal and Research Director Bridget Conley will participate at the workshop on “Starvation in International Law” organised by the Journal of International Criminal Justice, together with the World Food Programme, Oxford University and the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). The workshop will take place at the St. Peter’s College at the Oxford University and it will see the participation of leading international experts and academics in the field of international humanitarian law and famine prevention.

The panel of the workshop includes eminent experts in the field:

Wayne Jordash and Catriona Murdoch, Global Rights Compliance

Alex de Waal and Bridget Conley, World Peace Fundation and Tufts University

Antonio Coco, University of Oxford

Jèrôme de Hemptinne, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Brian Lander Deputy Director of the World Food Programme

Sandesh Sivakumaran, University of Nottingham

Federica D’Alessandra, University of Oxford ELAC and Co-Chair of the IBA War Crimes and Human Rights law Committees

Matthew Gillet, International Criminal Court

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, European University Institute and Oxford ELAC

Rebecca Richards, World Food Programme

Salvatore Zappalà, University of Catania

Nehal Bhuta, University of Edinburgh

Simone Hurrer, Ecofact AG

Julia Geneuss, University of Hamburg

Manuel Ventura, The Peace and Justice Initiative


GRC’s Wayne Jordash and Catriona Murdoch will discuss why starvation has not been prosecuted to date and what impediments stand in the way of accountability. Their analysis will focus on the challenges of investigating and documenting the crime of starvation, concentrating on the war crime contained in Article 8 of the Rome Statute and they will explore how a prosecution would play out in the courtroom, including an assessment on what lessons can be learnt from other successful legal campaigns.

The WPF’s Alex De Waal and Bridget Conley will focus  on the historical and contemporary uses of starvation. They will give an overview of the crime of starvation and how mass starvation was used in the past. They will also discuss the need to treat mass starvation as a stand-alone crime and introduce to the audience the concept of “starvation crimes”.

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