The objective of the conference series – which started in 2013 – is to create an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to engage in an interdisciplinary academic debate on the theoretical and practical implications of the R2P principle.
The selected themes are as varied as Artificial Intelligence and R2P, International Criminal Law and R2P, Women and R2P or the Protection of Children and R2P. Women and children are our long-term target groups in Slovenia’s foreign policy.
GAAMAC and R2P
Several GAAMAC community members will be taking part in the conference this year:
- George Okoth-Obbo, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on R2P
- Ambassador Shara Duncan Villalobos, from Costa Rica
- Elisabeth Pramendorfer of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
At a luncheon, GAAMAC’s Chair Silvia Fernandez will also present the network.
GAAMAC’s mandate to prevent atrocities is closely linked to R2P. In fact, the R2P community is very much part of the network, but GAAMAC also includes expertise from the sectors of genocide prevention and accountability, bringing them together under the umbrella of prevention.
Slovenia, a champion of R2P and prevention
The conference series has been conceptualized and is being organized by Professor Dr Vasilka Sancin as the Conference Chair and Assistant Professor Dr Maša Kovič Dine as the Conference Coordinator, both members of the Department of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana.
The fight against impunity for international crimes has been one of Slovenia’s priority since it itself witnessed atrocities on its territory in the 20th century. It is a founding member of the International Criminal Court and has assisted in several process to enhance international response to mass atrocities. It also co-leads the Mutual Legal Assistance Initiative, along with Argentina, Belgium, Mongolia, The Netherlands and Senegal, for the adoption of the Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and other International Crimes.