The Honorable Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow’s Official Visit to Ottawa

“We need international criminal justice to ensure there is national and international peace – these crimes always have international consequences, they go across borders.”
 – The Honourable Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow

Prosecutor Jallow carried out a four-day official visit to Ottawa from Dec 9 to Dec 12. During his visit, the Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow on separate occasions spoke with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity (GPG), civil servants as well as the general public. This visit also coincided with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

In his conference with the GPG, he spoke of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the Mechanism of the International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). Prosecutor Jallow also reported on the progress of the ICTR in the prosecution of the senior leaders of the regime that orchestrated the Rwandan genocide, including the key role Canada played in helping to further the work of the ICTR. His speech was followed by comments from Senator Dallaire and questions from other members of the GPG that highlighted the significance of the work of the ICTR with regards to the international justice system as well as the regional system of law.

At the Conference at the University of Ottawa, he spoke of the past, present and future of the International Justice system, of its evolution from an ad hoc system to a more institutionalized process. Furthermore, he addressed the achievements made by the International Tribunals so far and the difficulties they face in the future. In the question period, the conference addressed the cost effectiveness of the international tribunals, the technicalities of national jurisdiction, and the evolution of justice and democracy systems in Africa.

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Assessments, Challenges and Issues.
with HASSAN B. JALLOW, Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow has practiced law since 1976 after his graduation from Nigerian Law School. Some of his notable career moments include serving as a legal expert for the Organisation of African Unity, and as a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Prosecutor Jallow has held the UN appointment of Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) since 2003. Honorable Hassan Bukacar Jallow is also the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT).