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Prohibition, Prosecution and Prevention of Enforced Disappearances


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy and the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg are organising an international conference entitled “Prohibition, Prosecution and Prevention of Enforced Disappearances”. Originally planned for May 2020, the institutions decided to postpone the conference due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and to hold an online conference this year.

Given the harm and the structural disruption that so many societies have suffered due to enforced disappearances, the traumatic consequences of the uncertain destiny of many persons are still present every day. The concept of enforced disappearances has been reflected in different fields of study, including in history, law and political science. This conference will provide the opportunity to reflect on the importance of preventing, investigating and repairing the systematic use of arrests, detentions, kidnapping and other forms of deprivation of liberty without revealing the fate and the whereabouts of the disappeared persons.

The keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Olivier de Frouville, Professor of Public Law, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II); Director, Paris Research Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Vice President, United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances.

Following the keynote address, these topics will be tackled in the following four panels:

Panel I: Historical Origins of the Crime of Enforced Disappearances and Its Legal Concept
Panel II: Disappearances of Migrants as a Challenge for International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Action
Panel III: Determining the Fate of the Disappeared and Investigating Perpetrators
Panel IV: Prosecuting Enforced Disappearances at the National and International Levels

In order to reflect on the importance of sanctioning and criminalising enforced disappearances, the speakers and chairs of the panels will address the concept of enforced disappearance as a human rights violation and as a crime. The conference will provide a forum for leading international experts and practitioners to critically discuss what lessons can be learned from the origins, evolution and practical experience of the concept of enforced disappearances for the advancement of the fields of human rights law and international criminal law.

Confirmed speakers include Verónica Hinestroza (Independent Expert); Prof. Emilio Crenzel (Universidad de Buenos Aires); Ana Lorena Delgadillo Pérez (Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho); Eric Stover (University of California at Berkeley); Andreas Schüller (European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights); Dr. Dilek Kurban (Hertie School of Governance); Prof. Gabriella Citroni (TRIAL International); Luciano Hazan (United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances); Dr. Rainer Huhle (formerly United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances); Barbara Lochbihler (United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances); Dr. Grażyna Baranowska (Polish Academy of Sciences).

The international conference will consist of a series of sessions in Zoom webinar format to bring together communities virtually to explore possible responses to enforced disappearances. All the sessions will be accessible to registered participants and will be recorded and made available on the Nuremberg Academy Youtube channel.

Prior registration is required.

Please register by sending an e-mail with your name, institutional affiliation and e-mail address to with the subject line “Registration for Conference”.

For more information, please visit our website: Prohibition, Prosecution and Prevention of Enforced Disappearances: International Nuremberg Principles Academy (

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