This seminar will look at the experience of trying war criminals in Australia and at the state of Australian law on the subject. It will consider arguments for and against retrospectively criminalising war crimes in Australian law, an initiative that would, it is argued by some, close gaps in existing Australian law and enable the trial of persons for serious international crimes committed outside Australia in the past.

Geoff Skillen is a Principal Legal Officer in the Office of International Law in the Attorney General's Department. Before joining Attorney General's, he was a legal officer in the Australian Defence Force. In 1998 he was a member of the Australian Government delegation to the diplomatic conference that adopted the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. He has worked in the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law for many years.


Mr Geoff Skillen, Principal Legal Officer, Office of International Law, AG Department


Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANu College of Law


Friday, 7 May 2010


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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