HLS Human Rights Program | The International Court of Justice Case on Genocide in Myanmar

On February 25, 2020, the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School hosted an expert panel to discuss the International Court of Justice case on genocide in Myanmar.

In November 2019, The Gambia filed a case with the ICJ alleging that Myanmar military had violated the Genocide Convention for years in its treatment of the Muslim minority group, the Rohingya. A United Nations fact-finding mission had found similar patterns of abuse, documenting widespread violations of human rights in Myanmar against minority groups, including crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes.

Discussing the case, the panel consisted of:
– Philippe Sands QC, the Samuel LL.M. ’55 S.J.D. ’59 and Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for Spring 2020;
– M. Arsalan Suleman ’07, counsel in Foley Hoag’s International Litigation and Arbitration Practice; and
– Yee Htun, lecturer on law and clinical instructor in the International Human Rights Clinic.

The panel was moderated by Tyler Giannini, Human Rights Program co-director and clinical professor. Sands and Suleman are part of the legal team representing the Gambia in the ICJ case; Htun has years of experience on law reform in Myanmar.

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