UCL Faculty of Laws


In-person | Child-Taking and the International Criminal Court Arrest Warrant

19 June 2023, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Image of a child's eye up close with the image of war reflected in their eye

This lecture will be delivered by Professor Diane Marie Amann

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About this in-person event

News that the International Criminal Court is seeking the arrest of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, and Child Rights Commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, drew attention to the war crimes charged: “unlawful deportation of population (children)” and “unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas.” Professor Amann will examine these and similar crimes, which she labels “child-taking.” International child-taking trials date to the Nuremberg tribunals, and have continued in modern forums like the ICC. Court records demonstrate that child-taking is no minor crime. Its present gravity and future consequences are heavy; so too, the prosecutorial burdens of securing indictments, conviction, and redress.

About the speaker

Diane Marie Amann is Regents’ Professor of Law, Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law. An expert on child and human rights, international criminal law, and the laws of war, she served as the first Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict (2012-2021). Amann is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held leadership positions in the American and the European Society of International Law. Her prior posts include Visiting Academic at University College London Faculty of Laws, Summer 2022.

Chair: Professor Martins Paparinskis (UCL Laws)

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