“State of play of existing instruments for combating impunity for international crimes”, Olympia Bekou

TEPSA has recently coordinated a study for the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), authored by Dr Olympia Bekou (Professor of Public International Law, School of Law, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom), on the “State of play of existing instruments for combating impunity for international crimes”.

The study will be presented on Friday 11 December 2020 to the Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) during a hearing taking place between 9 and 10 hours. Please find the agenda of the meeting here. The presentation can be following through the EP´s webstream by clicking here.

The European Union and its Member States have been at the forefront of the fight against impunity for core international crimes, collectively providing political, technical and financial assistance to international, regional and domestic accountability efforts. Focusing on the current EU framework on accountability and six country situations (Rwanda, Colombia, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria and Iraq), this study offers recommendations to guide future EU policy and the engagement of the European Parliament in the fight against impunity. The recommendations include enhancing the capacity, efficiency and coordination of EU institutions working on accountability, as well as encouraging comprehensive, impartial and inclusive approaches to country situations. EU action in bilateral and multilateral fora is also covered, with a view to enhancing the universal reach of accountability mechanisms and the protection of their integrity, encouraging cooperation and assistance, and to upholding the principle of complementarity.

Download the full study here