Mr. MacDonald will discuss crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the challenges of investigating and prosecuting cases before the International Criminal Court.The moderator will be Professor Ben Perrin, Faculty of Law, UBC.
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Mr. Macdonald was called to the Quebec Bar in 1989 and for the next 15 years developed his skills as prosecutor in Quebec and subsequently with the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada. In 2002, he took on the role of Prosecutor with the Serious Crimes Unit of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor. In 2005, he joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), Office of the Prosecutor, as a Trial Lawyer and in 2008 was appointed as a Senior Trial Lawyer. On behalf of the ICC, Mr. Macdonald has led the prosecution in the case of the Prosecutor vs Germain Katanga and Mathieu Ngudjolo, militia leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Ngudjolo and Katanga stood accused on charges relating to war crimes and crimes against humanity including willful killing, murder, sexual slavery, rape, pillaging, destruction of property, using children under the age of fifteen years to participate actively in hostilities, and directing attack against a civilian population. Ultimately acquitted by the Court under somewhat controversial circumstances, Ngudjolo’s case is currently under appeal and Germain Katanga is still awaiting the final judgement of the Trial Chamber. Mr. Macdonald is also leading the prosecution in the case of the Prosecutor vs Laurent Gbagbo, the former President of the Côte d'Ivoire, and the first head of state to be taken into custody by the ICC following a period of civil war. The ICC is the first ever permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court. It was established to promote the rule of law and to ensure that the gravest international crimes do not go unpunished.
This lecture is generously supported by contribution from the Vancouver Foundation and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.