The UN's New Agenda for Peace and the Situation in Myanmar


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?

Panel: The human right to health as a gateway to other human rights

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.

Featured panelists:

  • 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

Moderated by:
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

International Law Weekend: The Crimes Against Humanity Treaty


  • 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

The London Conference on International Law: International Criminal Law and the Politics of Impunity

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

Impunity in Myanmar, 5 Years After Genocide

On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, escalated a genocidal campaign in Rakhine State against the Muslim Rohingya community. Despite a case at the International Court of Justice, international investigations, and efforts to pursue justice under universal jurisdiction, there has been little progress in achieving accountability. In the face of serious obstacles, including the Tatmadaw’s February 2021 coup, civil society leaders are leading the charge for accountability and fighting for a peaceful future in Myanmar.

This discussion focused on the urgent need to combat impunity in Myanmar and mitigate ongoing mass atrocity risks in the country.


  • Robert Rae, Ambassador, Canadian Mission to the United Nations
  • Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar
  • Naomi Kikoler, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Akila Radhakrishnan, President, Global Justice Center
  • Yasmin Ullah, Rohingya human rights activist, feminist, and poet
  • Naw Hser Hser, General Secretary, Women’s League of Burma