International Criminal Law Conference 2020

Justice and Rights

28 January 2020


28 January 2020


Keynote and speaker details for both panel debates below.

Specialist Area:

International Crime and Extradition

Panel Debates - Conflict, and developments in the Business and Human Rights field
Following the success of last year's conference, panels this year will focus on the topic of justice and rights centred around conflict and developments in the Business and Human rights field.

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce Steven Powles QC, Doughty Street Chambers, as our keynote speaker.

Panel 1: Post Conflict Resolution: are justice and reconciliation mutually exclusive?

The period following the conclusion of conflict invariably engages competing priorities: the need for parties who were previously opponents to work together; the desire for restitution for the victims of violence; and the call for justice for those alleged to have committed crimes. From Northern Ireland to South Africa, from Sri Lanka to Colombia, a range of approaches have been adopted to manage this fraught process: truth and reconciliation commissions; public inquiries and criminal trials.
This panel will consider how successful the different approaches adopted around the world have been and consider how best to deal with those current conflicts, such as those in Syria and Yemen, when the fighting ends.


Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley


  • Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Rodney Dixon QC, Temple Garden Chambers
  • Alison Macdonald QC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Barra McGrory QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Rupert Skilbeck, Director of REDRESS

Panel 2: Business & Human Rights 2019-20: Key developments of 2019, looking forward to 2020

This panel discussion is brought to you by the  Business and Human Rights Practitioners’ Network and will discuss the key developments of 2019 in the field of Business and Human Rights and consider what 2020 might hold for this rapidly expanding area of practice. The panel will consider such topics as:

  • The prosecution of corporate actors for international crimes, considering any international litigation trends;
  • White-collar war crimes, civil recovery and sanctions;
  • International developments in human rights due diligence obligations and the statutory duty of care;
  • The possibility of a UK failure to prevent mechanism and the corporate response to such a mechanism;
  • The Vedanta decision and what it means for the future;
  • Recent developments in relation to operational-level grievance mechanisms, what they might mean in practice, and other means of dispute settlement.


Professor Robert McCorquodale, University of Nottingham, Brick Court Chambers and Inclusive Law


  • Anna Kirkpatrick, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Gabriela Quijano, Business and Human Rights expert, former Legal Advisor to Amnesty International on Business and Human Rights
  • Lise Smit, British Institute of International Comparative Law
  • Russell Hopkins, Bright Line Law


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