February 25, 2020
Room 1314, UCLA School of Law
12:15 - 1:30 pm
A lecture by Jaime Couso ,Professor of Criminal Law and Director of the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Department at Diego Portales University School of Law, Chile.
Criminal liability for murders, tortures and illegal detentions committed or aided thorough the exercise of a judicial role poses highly complex political and legal issues: first, on the judiciary’s actual independence and capacity to protect human rights in dictatorial regimes; second, on judicial immunity, causality, mens rea and modes of liability. The presentation will summarize the preliminary findings of an international research project on the issue, from a legal-comparative perspective, highlighting differences concerning the patterns of judicial involvement in the crimes and the legal avenues and premises to prosecute and punish these conducts.
Organized by the Transnational Program on Criminal Justice and co-sponsored by the International & Comparative Law Program and The Promise Institute of Human Rights.