A distinguished Italian judge who was involved in the Warrant of Arrest for Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi and the President of Sudan Al Bashir is guest speaker at Edge Hill University.

To celebrate the first 10 years of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the University’s Law and Criminology Department has organised a conference on 26th April to debate its achievements and the challenges it faces.

The ICC is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Judge Cuno Tarfusser was elected Vice-President of the ICC in 2012 and has been invited along to the conference to talk about his work, the high-profile cases he has dealt with, how the ICC operates in practice, opportunities and challenges ahead.

As a member of the Pre-trial Division since 2009, Judge Tarfusser has been working on situations in Sudan, Congo, Kenya, Libya and Mali. He was also involved in deciding whether Gaddafi should be prosecuted by the court for his use of violence against civilians before his death in 2011.

Prior to his appointment to the ICC he had an extensive legal career in Italy as a prosecutor, including holding the office of Chief Public Prosecutor. Under his guidance the working practices of the office were radically restructured and have since been implemented across the justice administration system in Italy.

Conference organiser Dr Triestino Mariniello, a Lecturer in Law at Edge Hill University who has previously worked in the Pre-Trial Division at the ICC, said: “The ICC plays a fundamental role in the universal system of human rights protection and in the fight of impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Through my links with the ICC I felt it was an important opportunity to bring together scholars, practitioners and students to examine the law and practice of the ICC ten years since its establishment. We will also debate the impact of its activities in countries where most serious crimes have been committed.

“This event will be a unique learning opportunity for our students to meet and talk to a judge who is involved in so many high profile cases.”

Other presentations on the day will include discussions around witness tampering, victims’ rights, complementarity principle, individual liability and national capacity for the ICC.

For more information about the free conference or to book a place, visit the website  www.edgehill.ac.uk/events/2013/04/26/conference-the-first-ten-years-of-the-international-criminal-court or contact Dr Mariniello on mariniet@edgehill.ac.uk.