TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 16th January 2018
Location: Committee Room 2A, House of Lords, London SW1A OPA
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC
Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Martin Bell OBE
Former BBC Broadcaster and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
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The Bosnian War, between 1992 and 1995, played a key role in the break-up of Yugoslavia and continues to have an impact on the Balkans today. Twenty-three years after the Srebrenica genocide, tensions in the region remain high.
By kind invitation of The Rt Hon. the Baroness Blackstone, The Henry Jackson Society, is delighted to invite you to an event with Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic. Sir Nice QC will be joined by broadcaster Martin Bell OBE for a discussion of the ICTY’s work. They will speak about what went wrong with the prosecution of Milosevic, who died before he could be convicted, and discuss what can be done by way of British involvement to make a difference in the region today.
Sir Geoffrey Nice QC is one of Britain’s most distinguished human rights lawyers. Educated at Keble College, Oxford and the College of Law and then the College of Law, Sir Geoffrey was called to Bar in 1971. Practising as a barrister until 1998, he was then recruited by Justice Louise Arbour to severe as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. From 1998 to 2006 he prosecuted a number of high profile cases relating to the genocide, including that of Slobodan Milošević, the former President of Serbia. Today Sir Geoffrey is a Bencher of the Inner Temple and is a campaigner for raising the awareness of humanitarian crimes.
Martin Bell OBE is a renowned broadcaster, author and independent politician. Bell was educated at King’s College Cambridge, before seeing active service in Cyprus between 1957 and 1959. In 1962, Bell joined the BBC Newsroom in Norwich. Bell became a Diplomatic Correspondent in 1977 and Chief North American Correspondent in 1979. In the 1990s Martin gave evidence five times in the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. In 1997 he defeated Conservative MP Neil Hamilton in the Cheshire constituency of Tatton to become the first elected Independent MP since 1951. In 2001 he was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF UK. He has written eight books: In Harm’s Way (1995), An Accidental MP (2000), Through Gates of Fire (2004), The Truth That Sticks (2007), A Very British Revolution (2009), For Whom the Bell Tolls, Light and Dark Verse (2012), The End of Empire (2015) and War and the Death of News: Reflections of a Grade B Reporter (2017), nominated for the Parliamentary Book Awards.