The first Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law Conference was held on December 6-8, 2012.  The conference was convened by IGLP Collaborative Research Grant recipients and Workshop alumni Michelle Burgis, Paul Kingsley Clark, Tor Krever, Heidi Matthews, John Reynolds and Christine Schwöbel.

The conference followed an international call for papers and brought together over 80 scholars from around the world working on various critical approaches to International Criminal Law. Panels were organized around a number of themes including ICL and and the Political, ICL and History, ICL and Violence, ICL and Hegemony, ICL and Neo-liberalism, ICL and Individualism, and ICL and Performance.  Frédéric Mégret (McGill) gave the keynote speech.  The public conference was followed by smaller closed sessions including a writing workshop and round table discussions on the nature of critique, the teaching of CAICL from a critical perspective, and future CAICL Research Network activities. The full conference programme, including a list of participants, is available here.

The conference was organized by the Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice and co-hosted by the International Slavery Museum.  It was co-funded by the University of Liverpool and the Institute of Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School.

Following the conference, Christine Schwöbel completed a book proposal for an edited collection, to be titled Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law – An Introduction. Several IGLP alumni will be contributing, including Michelle Burgis, Paul Kingsley Clark, Heidi Matthews, and Tor Krever.  They have also formed the CAICL Research Network,  a collaborative project that brings together scholars who share an interest in critical approaches to International Criminal Law.  For more information, please visit their website:

Please click here to read a report about the conference. For more information about IGLP Collaborative Research Grants, please click here.