Online Forum Opens Discussion on Means of Arresting Sudanese President for Darfur Genocide

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Online Forum Opens Discussion on Means of Arresting Sudanese President for Darfur Genocide

ICC Prosecutor and UCLA School of Law Launch Online Discussion on Possible New Legal Avenues for Arresting Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir


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LOS ANGELES, CA, January 26, 2011—In cooperation with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a UCLA School of Law online Forum launched a global discussion today on the obligation of states to implement the ICC’s arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir for genocide in Darfur. 

“The ICC  has issued a warrant for the arrest of President Bashir for genocide,” said ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. “Executing the warrant has raised complex issues. Through this Forum, a global community from different fields can get involved and offer views on this topic.”

Several experts in this field have contributed opinion pieces for this issue of the UCLA Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum, including Professor Dapo Akande of Oxford University; Professor Paola Gaeta of the University of Geneva; Dean Makau Mutua of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School; Professor William Schabas of the National University of Ireland, Galway; and Professor Goran Sluiter of the University of Amsterdam. Online visitors to the Forum are encouraged to contribute in the online discussion.

“This issue of the Forum will engage serious global public debate on perhaps the most visible human rights challenge of the day,” said Professor Richard Steinberg, Editor of the Forum and Director of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project. “It wrestles with difficult legal and political questions about how to arrest a sitting African president who many say is responsible for a vicious genocide.”

The Forum was created by students of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project at UCLA School of Law in partnership with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC.  The first topic, launched in September 2010, addressed whether the Prosecutor has the authority to open an investigation into the alleged crimes committed during the 2008-2009 Gaza conflict. Future topics will address gender crimes under ICC jurisdiction (in particular those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kivu Provinces, and Darfur), and the delicate balance between oversight of the ICC Prosecutor’s office and maintenance of prosecutorial independence.

The Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project was established in 2009 by a generous gift from Sanela Diana Jenkins (sdjfoundation.org) to advance the cause of human rights around the world.

“Bringing President Bashir to justice is an international effort that requires collaboration,” said Ms. Jenkins, who was forced to flee her native Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo. “I am hopeful that this Forum discussion will provide a place for the best ideas and the best practices to be brought to bear on the important question of how to arrest him.”

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About the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project at UCLA School of Law
The Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project was established in 2009 by a gift from Sanela Diana Jenkins to advance the cause of human rights around the world. The Project engages in a range of activities, continuously identifying and pursuing the most promising opportunities for addressing human rights issues around the globe, while at the same time advancing understanding about human rights through interdisciplinary studies. The Project is run by the noted international relations expert and UCLA Law Professor Richard H. Steinberg.

About Sanela Diana Jenkins
Businesswoman and international human rights activist Sanela Diana Jenkins is the Chairman, CEO and founder of the U.S.- and U.K-based drinks company, Neuro (www.drinkneuro.com). She produced and published "Room 23," a best-selling photography book, and owns Melissa Odabash, a leading European swimwear business. Ms. Jenkins recently acquired TV1, a new television station in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born in Sarajevo, Ms. Jenkins was forced to flee her home as a refugee during the siege of Sarajevo and lost many friends and family members during the war. Her Sanela Diana Jenkins Foundation (www.sdjfoundation.org) is the largest privately funded Bosnian organization of its kind. In 2008, Ms. Jenkins won the Mostar Peace Connection Prize for her humanitarian work.