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HOME > Event > International symposium: Prospects of the Future of Criminal Justice - Can criminal justice systems coexist with death penalty and attacks on lawyers?

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News Release

International symposium: Prospects of the Future of Criminal Justice - Can criminal justice systems coexist with death penalty and attacks on lawyers?

For criminal justice to be sustainable, the rule of law must be promoted and equal access to justice must be assured for all (SDGs 16.3). However, today's criminal justice faces several challenges to achieve such goals. For one, attorneys who are expected to promote and enhance the rule of law are still confronted by violence, intimidation, and harassment because of their work as lawyers. Second, the death penalty remains and continues to be executed in several major countries.


This international symposium will bring together domestic and international experts to debate these two challenging issues and present a vision of what criminal justice should look like in order to achieve sustainable criminal justice. We are looking forward to your participation.


Date & Time

Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 12:15p.m. (midday) – 5:10p.m. (JST)

Format Online participation only. (1000 attendees. First-come first-served basis.)

We will send a webinar link to those who register beforehand.

Fee Free
Attendees All experts and individuals are welcome.
Provisional Program

◆Part 1 (12:30p.m. – 2:00p.m.)

“The 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers―For establishing independence and protection of professional functions of lawyers”

(1) Keynote Speech: “Role of bar associations for independence and protection of lawyers―2018 Special Rapporteur’s Report at the Human Rights Council” Keynote Speaker:

Mr. Diego García-Sayán

(Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights)


(2) Speech from the co-organiser

Speaker:

Ms. Jacqueline R. Scott

(Director General, Institute for the Rule of Law, Union Internationale des Avocats )


(3) Panel discussion: “The 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers – Prerequisite system to realize proper criminal justice”

Panelists:

- Mr. Sternford Moyo(President, International Bar Association)

- Ms. Margarete von Galen (President, Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe)

- Ms. Pauline Wright (Executive Committee member, Law Association for Asia and the Pacific)

- Mr. Diego García-Sayán

- Ms. Jacqueline R. Scott

Moderator:

- Professor Yasushi Higashizawa(Chief Secretary of Working Group for the Congress 2020, Japan Federation of Bar Associations)


◆Part 2 (2:15p.m. – 5:10p.m.)

“Aiming at the abolition of death penalty in every country and region in the world: Unlawfulness of death penalty under international law”

(1) Keynote Speech: “Death penalty, regarded as unlawful under international law”

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Donald Rothwell

(Professor of International Law, Australian National University)


(2) Messages from the Diet members of Japan and other organisations


(3) Panel discussion: “Toward the global abolition of death penalty - Life, with ultimate respect by international community”

Panelists:

- Dr. Donald Rothwell

- Ms. Kanako Takayama (Professor of Faculty of Law, Kyoto University)

- Mr. Tatsuya Mori (Filmmaker, Writer, Professor at Meiji University)

- Mr. Maxime Delhomme(Union Internationale des Avocats Special Delegate for the 14th Crime Congress, Former President of the UIA Criminal Law commission)

- Mr. Adriano Martins(Policy Officer, Human Rights Division, European External Action Service (EEAS))

Moderator:

- Mr. Yuichi Kaido(Vice Chairperson of Central Board on Abolition of the Death Penalty and Reform of the Relevant Penal System, Japan Federation of Bar Associations)


(4) Presentation of a joint statement

Ms. Maiko Tagusari(Member of Central Board on Abolition of the Death Penalty and Reform of the Relevant Penal System, Japan Federation of Bar Associations)


(5) Summative comments on the second part of the symposium

Commentator:

Mr. Tetsuya Okawa (Vice President, Japan Federation of Bar Associations)

Language Speakers and panellists will speak in either English or Japanese.

Simultaneous interpretation (English/Japanese) by using Zoom will be available for all participants.

Detailed information will be emailed to those who register beforehand.

Registration
(Required)

Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021. Registration has been closed.

Please register at the link below by the 10th of March, 2021. We will send you an invitation and detailed information.

Organiser Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA)
Co-organisers Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)

National Group of Japan, International Association of Penal Law

Sponsor Delegation of the European Union to Japan
Information for online participants.

- We will email information on how to join the symposium online to those who register beforehand.

- The following equipment and environment are required to participate in this symposium:

・PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other devices that can connect to the Internet

・Stable access to the Internet

- If you are planning to use a smartphone, we encourage you to connect to Wi-Fi.

- You will be required to enter your name and email address to join the symposium via Zoom.

- Please join the symposium after agreeing the Zoom Terms of Service.

ZOOM TERMS OF SERVICE

- Please install Zoom on the equipment you wish to use for the symposium.

Zoom Download

- We recommend you test Zoom from the link below before the symposium starts.

Zoom Test

- Regrettably, we may be forced to terminate the webinar without notification if we are unable to continue broadcasting due to technical or any other unexpected troubles.

- Please note that we are not responsible for any problems with PC environments or the Internet connection. We will not provide any technical support on how to use Zoom during or before the webinar.

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