Aggression and its Victims: Exploring Recent Developments in International Law

On 15 February, the Whitaker Institute was delighted to host Aggression and its Victims: Exploring Recent Developments in International Law. International law has not traditionally recognised individuals as victims of the crime of aggression. Recent developments may precipitate a departure from this approach. The activation of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over the crime of aggression opens the way for the future application of the Court’s regime of victim participation and reparation in the context of prosecutions for this crime. The determination by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in General Comment No. 36 that any deprivation of life resulting from an act of aggression violates Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights serves to recognise a previously overlooked class of victims. This webinar explores these recent developments, by discussing their background, meaning and implications.

The event is available to watch back below.


Professor Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

Dr Erin Pobjie, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Dr Eliav Lieblich, Tel Aviv University

Irish Sign Language interpretation provided by Ms Catherine White.