One of the world’s top jurists Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court, will deliver the annual Wallace Wurth Memorial Lecture at the University of New South Wales next week (Tuesday 14 February).

Judge Song will outline the future of international criminal justice and the ICC, the first permanent treaty-based international criminal court established to prosecute genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

2012 marks the tenth year of operation for the ICC and the Court’s first judgment, against former Democratic Republic of Congo rebel Thomas Lubanga.

Judge Sang-Hyun Song has been an ICC Judge since 2003 and was elected President of the Court in 2009.

He has vast experience in relevant areas of international law, principally in the domains of international humanitarian law and human rights law. Beginning his legal career as a judge-advocate in the Korean army and later as a foreign attorney in a New York law firm, Judge Song has taught as a professor of law at Seoul National University Law School and has held visiting professorships at law schools around the world, including Harvard, New York University, Melbourne and Wellington. 

Judge Song is co-founder of the Legal Aid Centre for Women, and of the Childhood Leukaemia Foundation in Seoul, and the Vice-President of UNICEF/KOREA.

The Wallace Wurth Memorial lecture is UNSW's flagship public lecture series named after the first Chancellor of the University, Wallace Charles Wurth.

What: Free public lecture From Punishment to Prevention: the future of international criminal justice

When: Tuesday 14 February, doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Where: John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington Campus

RSVP is essential. To register, please click here or email or phone (02) 9385 1690.

Media contact: Steve Offner, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 8107 or 0424 580 208