The webinar on accountability for human rights and humanitarian law violations in
World Heritage processes, is an opportunity to review and reflect on the operaton of
the 1972 Convention and its governance framework within broader developments in
international criminal law and international human rights law. These developments
place renewed focus on the objectives and functions of the World Heritage framework
and its role in realizing the mandate of UNESCO to ‘further universal respect for justice,
for rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms’.
Moderated by: Ana Filipa Vrdoljak, UNESCO Chair of International Law and Cultural Heritage and Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney.
The three panelists are leading contributors to the key themes of this webinar:
The Honourable Ms Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
(2011-2021) leading prosecutions in Al Madhi and Al Hassan and preparation of OTP
Policy on Cultural Heritage.
Mr Santiago Villalpando, UNESCO Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs (2019 to date).
Ms Agnes Kabajuni, Africa Minority Rights Group, which have led a number of successful actions
before the African Court and Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in respect of
large scale human rights violations on or related to protected sites.