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Hate Propaganda at International Criminal Tribunals Conference 2020


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Hate Propaganda at International Criminal Tribunals Conference 2020

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Current Socio-Legal and Evidentiary Challenges in Prosecuting Atrocity Speech at International Criminal Tribunals


While empirical research strongly indicates that propaganda falls on fertile grounds of our mental landscapes, the insights into the concept of propaganda in the legal sphere lag behind such studies and scientific publications.

This symposium will provide a forum for a rigorous analysis and exploration of the necessity of an improved approach to dealing with the phenomenon of hate and fear propaganda at international criminal tribunals.



The Society of Legal Scholars

Northumbria Law and Society Signature Research Area 

Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies

The conference will cover four main themes:

1) The Nature, Manifestations and Effects of Hate and Fear Propaganda
2) The Inclusion of Social Sciences Expertise during Propaganda Trials at International Criminal Tribunals
3) Legal Challenges to Successful Prosecution of Hate Propagandists at International Criminal Tribunals and Calls for Reform
4) Ongoing Hate Propaganda in Different Regions of the World

Conference Programme

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Speakers’ Presentations are now available to watch:

Judge Sir Howard Morrison, International Criminal Law: Hopes and Fears

Professor Mohamed Badar, Timeliness and Significance of the Conference

Dr. Michael Kearney, Propaganda for War and the Legislative Role of Tech Firms

Dr. Nicola Palmer, Hate Speech Resistance and the Effect of Language in Rural Rwanda

Dr. Polona Florijančič, The Cognitive and Linguistic Implications of ISIS Propaganda

Dr. Wibke Timmermann, Drawing the Line Between Incitement to Hatred, Incitement to Crimes, and Instigation/Solicitation

Dr. Wibke Timmermann, The Evolution of Speech Crimes in International Criminal Law and the Law after Šešelj

Ms. Clare Lawson, Prosecuting Speech Acts at the ICC:An Examination of the Trial of William Ruto and Joshua Arap Sang

Ms. Audrey Fino, Advocacy and Incitement in International Human Rights Law: Synergies with International Criminal Law

Professor Richard A. Wilson, Digital Authoritarianism and Human Rights

Professor Richard A. Wilson, Studying the Effects of Inciting Speech and the Role of Social Sciences at International Trials

Professor Caroline Fournet, Propaganda in the Courtroom? The Strategic (Mis)Use of Dead Victims During Trial

Professor Predrag Dojčinović, Between Hate Propaganda and Fear Propaganda: A Shift Towards a New Form of Liability

Professor Predrag Dojčinović, The Role of Hate and Fear Propaganda and Grand Narratives in Facilitating Atrocities

Press Release:

Recent Publications Related to the Conference:  

Mohamed Elewa Badar and Polona Florijančič, ‘Prosecutorv. Vojislav Šešelj: A Symptom of the Fragmented International Criminalisation of Hate and Fear Propaganda’, (2020) 20/3 InternationalCriminal Law Review 1-87

Mohamed Elewa Badar, ‘Assessing Hate Speech as a Crime Against Humanity of Persecution’, (2020) 24/4 The International Journal of Human Rights 1-32

Mohamed Elewa Badar and Polona Florijančič, ‘The Cognitive and Linguistic Implications of ISIS Propaganda: Proving the Crime of Direct and Public Incitement to Genocide’ in Predrag Dojcinović (ed.) Propaganda and International Criminal Law: From Cognition to Criminality (Routledge, 2020) 27-62


A distinguished, international and multi-disciplinary panel of leading experts in the field will include: 

  • Judge Sir Howard Morrison, Appeal Division, International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Mr Nicholas James Leddy, Office of the Prosecutor, Prosecution Division, International Criminal Court
  • Ms Jessica Hart, Crown Prosecution Service, Counter Terrorism Division, UK
  • Prof. Predrag Dojčinović, University of Connecticut, USA
  • Prof. Richard Ashby Wilson, University of Connecticut, USA 
  • Prof. Gregory S. Gordon, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Wibke K. Timmermann, Lawyer at Legal Aid Western Australia
  • Prof. Mohamed Badar, Northumbria University, UK 
  • Ms Clare Lawson, Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, The Hague, The Netherlands 
  • Dr Michael Kearney, Independent legal expert, Republic of Ireland
  • Dr Polona Florijančič, Independent researcher, Slovenia
  • Prof. Caroline Fournet, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Dr Nicola Palmer, King’s College London, UK
  • Ms Audrey Fino, University of Groningen, University of Malta
  • Dr Juline Beaujouan, University of Edinburgh, UK

The event will also include a book launch of the groundbreaking 'Propaganda and International Criminal Law: From Cognition to Criminality', (Routledge, 2020), edited by the conference keynote speaker, Prof. Predrag Dojčinović and including the contributions of several distinguished scholars who will also be presenting at the conference. 




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