Lunch seminar with Sergii Masol

Judicial References to Human Rights Law in the Interpretation and Application of the Definitions of International Crimes

Sergii Masol's research examines the approaches of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court to the interpretation and application of the definitions of international crimes in the light of international human rights law. The relatively vague definitions of these crimes necessitate judicial references to extra-statutory sources of international law, including human rights law. Moreover, Article 21(3) of the Rome Statute obliges the International Criminal Court to interpret and apply the law consistently with internationally recognized human rights. At the same time, judicial recourse to human rights is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, human rights norms are very broad. They leave ample room for judicial creativity and facilitate the progressive development of substantive international criminal law. On the other hand, the principle of legality provides a strong barrier to changes. The dangers of a careless approximation of the underlying acts of international crimes to the corresponding human rights violations need to be expounded.


All interested are welcome to attend. Registration is not necessary.

Feel free to bring your own lunch bag.