Among the 12 commitments from the Declaration on the Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, is the UN Secretary General’s call for a “New Agenda for Peace” (New Agenda). Billed as an opportunity to revisit the United Nations Charter’s founding pledge to prevent the scourge of war, the New Agenda could be an opportunity to recalibrate multilateral approaches to conflict prevention and resolution, as well as to promote human rights and gender equality. Given the “systemic failures” and “structural shortcomings” in the UN’s handling of the situation in Myanmar (see 2019 Rosenthal inquiry), it is apt to consider what lessons Myanmar could hold for this New Agenda. In addition to shedding light on the UN’s conflict prevention shortcomings, a contextual look at the crisis - and opportunities - in Myanmar can be instructive on other pertinent peacebuilding dynamics. From the need to address gender in conflict to the limits of regional prevention mechanisms, the complexities of the situation in Myanmar challenge advocates, policymakers, and States to consider inclusive and reflexive paths to peace
This event asks: if Myanmar is centered as a case study for this new vision, what priorities emerge for UN peacebuilding?
This panel was part of the Institute for Public Health's15th Annual Conference, which explored the concept of health as a human right and how health affects the enjoyment of our human rights, while lack of access to human rights can affect our health.
- Akila Radhakrishnan, JD, President of the Global Justice Center
- Diego Abente, MS, MBA, President and CEO, Casa de Salud
- Jeremy Goldbach, PhD, LMSW, Masters & Johnson Distinguished Professor of Sexual Health and Education Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
- Sherrill Wayland, MSW, Director of Special Initiatives at SAGE
Leila Nadya Sadat, JD, LLM, DEA, James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, WashU School of Law Fellow at the Schell Center for Human Rights, Yale Law School Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor
- Richard Dicker, Human Rights Watch
- Alexandra Lily Kather Emergent Justice Collective,
- Ambassador Alexander Marschik, Permanent Representative of Austria to the UN
- Mosammat Shahanara Monica, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
- Akila Radhakrishnan, Global Justice Center
- Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law
Despite the major advance of international criminal justice over the last thirty years, and despite significant efforts in theatres such as Ukraine, impunity for the most serious crimes of international concern still prevails. This panel, featuring an introduction by HM Attorney General for England and Wales, Rt Hon Michael Ellis KC MP, will reflect on the opportunities and risks presented by recourse to the institutional frameworks of international criminal justice as an immediate response mechanism, discuss a number of situations where impunity still prevails, including in Ukraine, the role of the Security Council, the wisdom of a special tribunal for the crime of aggression, and the importance of considering intersectionality and applying a gender lens to deliver true justice.
Sir Howard Morrison KC, Independent Adviser to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General
Professor Olympia Bekou, Professor of Public International Law and Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit, The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre
Professor Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law, Bocconi University, Italy
Angela Mudukuti, International Criminal Justice Lawyer