NNA - Fifty Lebanese lawyers attended a two-day seminar entitled "Representing Victims before International and Internationalized Courts". The event was organized by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in partnership with the Institute for Human Rights of the Beirut Bar Association.
The President of the Beirut Bar Association, Mr Andre Chidiac, and the Vice President of the STL, Judge Ralph Riachi, opened the seminar.
"It is important for Lebanese lawyers to be exposed to the common law system, it will broaden their horizon and this kind of seminar aims to do so", said Mr Chidiac.
Judge Riachi added "It is crucial for victims to participate in proceedings before international courts; however this participation needs to be more meaningful."
The purpose of the seminar was to inform Lebanese lawyers of the rights of victims before international courts and to invite them to join the list of prospective victims’ counsel at the STL, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC).
"In the last 20 years we have witnessed an important shift in international law, in which victims have become the drivers of justice and accountability", said the Registrar of the STL, Daryl Mundis, in his introductory remarks.
Experts from the STL, ICC and KSC addressed topics including how victims can participate in proceedings before international tribunals, how to communicate with vulnerable persons, as well as the applicable criteria and processes for joining the list of victims’ counsel at international tribunals.
"This seminar is very useful: I acquired new, interesting and important information on victim representation which is helpful as I intend to apply and be on the victims’ list of counsel before the STL and other international tribunals", said a participant.
This event is part of the STL’s outreach efforts to engage with Lebanese legal professionals, academics and civil society by organizing lectures, conferences, and roundtable discussions on topics related to the mandate of the Tribunal and international criminal justice, including its unique role in facilitating the participation of victims’.--STL