International Trials and the Justice-Victim Dichotomy: A View from Practice

On 29 April 2016, Wayne Jordash, QC gave a public lecture on the dissonance between the way in which victims are visualised and represented by stakeholders within the international criminal justice system and the stereotyping, marginalization and disempowerment of victims that often arises in the practical world of modern international criminal trials. Reflecting on his own experiences as defence counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), Wayne discussed whether this disharmony is an inevitable and inherent consequence of adjudicative processes or something that may be confronted and transformed through a renewed engagement with victims to allow them a greater voice in selecting the object, purpose and modalities of international justice.

Wayne Jordash, QC, Liverpool University, 29 April 2016

Wayne is a British lawyer and has practiced international human rights and humanitarian law for over 20 years. His clients include governments, international organizations (e.g., the UN and the Council of Europe), NGO’s, corporations and individuals. Over the last decade, he has appeared before a variety of international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), and has extensive experience in advising on international law arising from conflict affected areas and other high-risk environments. Individual clients have included the head of Serbia’s state security (Stanišić) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a Rwandan mayor (Bagilishema) and government minister (Bagaragaza) at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the leader of the Sierra Leonean Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF) rebel army (Sesay) at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).