Latin American and Caribbean Regional Workshop on a Global 

Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

On September 27-28, 2018, the Harris Institute, the Coalition 
for the International Criminal Court (CICC), the Institute of 
Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic 
University of Peru (IDEHPUCP), and the Master's Program on 
Human Rights at PUCP organized a conference and experts' 
meeting in Lima, Peru to discuss the ILC's Draft Articles on 
crimes against humanity.

Speakers included Professor Sean Murphy, Special 
Rapporteur on Crimes Against Humanity of the International 
Law Commission; Professor Leila Sadat, Director of the 
Harris Institute; and Hugo Relva, Legal Advisor for Amnesty 
International. The event was moderated by Professor 
Elizabeth Salmón, Director of IDEHPUCP, and Michelle Reyes, 
Regional Coordinator for the Americas for the CICC.

The Experts' Meeting opened with a Keynote Address by 
H.E. Judge Patrick Robinson of the International Court of 
Justice, and provided an opportunity for representatives 
of Latin American civil society to debate the ILC's Draft 
Articles.  Participants included David Donat Cattin, 
General Secretary of Parliamentarians for Global Action; 
José Carlos Ospina, Legal Advisor of the Colombian 
Commission of Jurists; José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, 
Executive Director of the Mexican Commission for the 
Defense and Promotion of Human Rights; Luciano 
Hazán, member of the U.N. Working Group on Enforced 
or Involuntary Disappearances; Ania Salinas Cerda, Legal 
Officer at the International Criminal Court; and Judge 
Antonia Saquicuray, Supreme Court of Lima, among other 
regional experts. Following the meeting, many participants 
submitted comments on the Draft Articles to the ILC.

South Africa Policy Seminar on Crimes Against Humanity

On February 21, 2019, the Human Science Research 
Council  (HSRC) and the Konrad Adenauer 
Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa hosted 
Policy Seminar on Crimes Against Humanity.  
Speakers included Christopher Carl Gevers, Lecturer at the 
University of KwaZulu-Natal; Justice Richard Goldstone, 
Former Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa; 
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, Acting Programme Head for 
the Institute for Security Studies; Professor Max Du Plessis, 
University of KwaZulu-Natal; and Professor Leila Sadat, 
Director of the Harris Institute. Chairing the Session was 
Mia Swart, Director of Democracy and Governance at HSRC.   
In conjunction with the seminar, the Johannesburg 
Holocaust and Genocide Center screened the film Never 
Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

Participants at the Experts' Meeting in Lima

From left: Justice Richard Goldstone, Mr. Hugo Relva, 

Prof. Leila Nadya Sadat, Ms. Mia Swart,  Ms. Ottilia Anna 

Maunganidze, and Mr. Christopher Gevers