November 2, 2011
Professor Raquel Aldana presented a paper and participated on the final wrap-up panel at a major conference on "Victims of International Crimes," which was held Oct. 6-8, 2011, at the Philipp University of Marburg in Marburg, Germany.
One of the few American law professors invited to the prestigious symposium, Aldana presented her paper, "A Preliminary Assessment of War Crime Victim Participation as Complementary Prosecutors in Post-Conflict Guatemala," during a session on victims in transitional justice processes.
Aldana was a panelist in a roundtable discussion on victims' rights and peace that concluded the conference. Her co-panelists included a judge from the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the director of the criminal justice program at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York City, and an official from the German government-funded Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation.
The conference, sponsored by the renowned University of Marburg Center for Conflict Studies and International Research and Documentation Center for War Crimes Trials, explored ways to enhance the role of victims of serious human right violations in the aftermath of such events.