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Talk — "International Law as a Tool: South Africa’s Application to the International Court of Justice"

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 12:30–1:30 PM
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    Public Lecture: Justice Leona Theron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
    The lecture will provide an analysis of the application for urgent provisional measures sought by South Africa before the International Court of Justice. Justice Theron will give context to and explain the historical significance of this ruling in light of South Africa’s apartheid history.
    In the lecture, Justice Theron will consider why South Africa chose the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (‘Genocide Convention’) as the legal instrument upon which to base its the case. Justice Theron will also discuss the foundations of the rule of law and the role of international law in regulating state conduct and relationship between states. Justice Theron will discuss the power of the ICJ to grant the relief sought while focusing on the challenges of judicial decision making in international law, the importance of ensuring court orders are obeyed and the role of the international community in times of conflict.
    The Notre Dame campus community is welcome to attend.
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