The last few years have seen the international community addressing international disputes through the establishment of quasi-judicial bodies, like Commissions of Inquiry. These bodies have inter alia a stark facet of therapeutic justice, meant to hear and address the suffering of civilians exposed to warfare acts, healing thus the wounds of a conflict. Yet, I would like to argue that in order for such wounds to close, accountability must come for the perpetrators of human rights or laws of war violations and this accountability cannot be asserted in the way Commissions of Inquiry conclude that civilians have sustained ‘serious mental harm’, without though any further elaboration on why any cited trauma symptoms coincide with the perception of what constitutes such harm, as this perception emerges from the international criminal courts’ jurisprudence.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!