United by the Basics of International Criminal Law: Exploring the Historical Origins

15 December 2015 at 6pm at ECCHR

Launch of Volumes 3 & 4 "Historical Origins of International Criminal Law"

co-hosted by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and the Centre for International Law Research and Policy, with support by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Wolfgang Kaleck (ECCHR)
Prof. Morten Bergsmo (Peking University, CILRAP)
Dr. Michael Hasenau (German Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Prof. Claus Kreß (University of Cologne)
Prof. Florian Jeßberger (University of Hamburg)
Dr. Chantal Meloni (ECCHR)
Assistant Prof. Cheah Wui Ling (National University of Singapore)
On 19 November Volumes 3 and 4 of Historical Origins of International Criminal Law were published. Combined, Volumes 1-4 offer more than 3,300 pages of material, with 80 chapters by 100 authors from around the world, making this the largest research project in international criminal law to date. Two 2014 conferences in Hong Kong and New Delhi provided the basis for most of the chapters, with launches of Volumes 1-2 in New York and Volumes 3-4 in The Hague, Beijing, Berlin and New Delhi.
Please find below the program for the event including bibliographic information on both volumes.
For more information see http://www.fichl.org/publication-series/.
We are pleased to be able to offer a free copy of the book to those attending the launch.
If you wish to attend the book launch please register via info@ecchr.eu

"Definitions for an Island"

Photographs by Víctor Jaramillo

Opening 7 November 2015, ECCHR-Office in Berlin

organized by: ECCHR (Zossener Str. 55-58, 10961 Berlin)

In the eyes of the world, Cuba is simultaneously a place for friendly encounters and cause for alienation. As an island with a very special fate, Cuba represents the triumphs and defeats of a utopian world. But currently this utopia is in danger of disappearing. The photographs by Victor Jaramillo, taken in the summer of 2015, signify the contradictions and liveliness of every-day life in Cuba. In this exhibition at the ECCHR the Mexican video artist, illustrator, and photographer presents his work in Germany for the first time.
Opening hours: The exhibition is open from 7. November, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pmt. For a singular visit please contact info@ecchr.eu

"Taxi to the Dark Side" - Film Screening and Panel Discussions

19 October 2015 at 6pm at Kant-Cinema Berlin

On 19 October 2015 the former Guantánamo detainees Murat Kurnaz and Mourad Benchellali will meet at ECCHR with their lawyers and representatives of Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Human Rights Watch. Together we will discuss litigation strategies and the status of the ongoing proceedings in Spain, France and Germany. 
Kurnaz from Bremen (Germany) and Benchellali from Lyon (France) were detained and tortured in Guantánamo for several years. Since then they have been seeking accountability for those responsible for their suffering.
6-6.45 pm
Panel Discussion on US Accountabiliy
with Baher Azmy (Center for Constitutional Rights, New York), Géraldine Mattioli-Zeltner (Human Rights Watch), Julia Hall (Amnesty International) and Wolfgang Kaleck (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights)
7-7.45 pm
Panel Discussion on Guantánamo Litigation
with the twor former Guantánamo detainees Murat Kurnaz (Germany) and Mourad Benchellali (France) and their lawyers Gonzalo Boye (Spain) and Apolline Cagnat (France)

8 pm
Screening of the Oscar-winning Documentary 'Taxi to the Dark Side'

KANT Kino, Kantstraße 54, 10627 Berlin

Entrance Fee: Donation-based!

A reservation is highly recommended and tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
Please register for each section of the program individually 


  • US Accountability Torture CIA Guantánamo Murat Kurnaz Mourad Benchellali Germany France Spain

The Struggle for Human Rights and against Impunity in Argentina

21 July 2015, 19.00h, ECCHR offices

With: Prof. Dr. Eugenio Raúl Zaffaroni, former judge at the Argentine Supreme Court and incumbent judge at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.



The event will take the format of a conversation between Prof. Dr. Zaffaroni and Wolfgang Kaleck. Attorney Guido Leonardo Croxatto will contribute a comment on Prof. Dr. Zaffaroni’s work. There will be room for questions and comments.

ECCHR as a member of the Coalition against Impunity contributes to the trials in respect of Argentine dictatorship crimes via expert opinions, observation of trials and support of witnesses and civil parties. More...

The event will take place in Spanish and be translated into German.
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Women in Armed Conflicts - Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes in Columbia and Beyond

11 and 13 March 2015, 4:30 pm, New York

organized by: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, ECCHR, UN Women Nationales Komitee Deutschland
Gitti Henschel, Gunda-Werner-Institut / Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
Anna von Gall, ECCHR Berlin
Claudia María Mejía Duque, Sisma Mujer (Kolumbien)
Viviana Rodriguez, Sisma Mujer (Kolumbien)
Andreas Forer, ProFis / GIZ (Kolumbien)
In the context of the Beijing +20 Review, the Gunda-Werner Institute at the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) are hosting an event focused on the achievements and remaining gaps with regard to one of the critical areas mentioned in the Beijing Platform for Action: Women in Armed Conflicts. 
Despite some progress, acts of sexual and gender-based violence committed by warring parties still often go unpunished, leaving a tremendous negative effect not only on the victims and survivors, but also on society as a whole. Women and girls, but also men and boys, widely suffer from a lack of accountability and the specific psychological and physical harm inflicted by these crimes. Only very few post-conflict countries have managed to successfully guarantee access to justice in transitional settings.
This event will highlight the importance of developing a gender-sensitive perspective in dealing with conflict and accountability processes. The approach will be exemplified by the long-lasting conflict in Colombia, which has rarely been discussed from a gender perspective. During the session, gender-sensitive proposals for transitional justice mechanisms and ongoing peace negotiations shall be addresses by a variety of experts from Germany and Columbia.
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In case of any questions regarding the events, please contact charlotte.beck@us.boell.org

PLEASE NOTE: The same event will take place as an official UN side event, sponsored by the Federal Government of Germany, on March 13th, 2015, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm, at the UN headquarters (conference room 7). The Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Ms Elke Ferner, will give some brief welcome remarks. The event is also supported by the German National Commitee for UN Women. In order to attend the session on March 13th, you have to be accredited as a CSW civil society delegate.