Call for Papers: UN War Crimes Commission



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Maynooth University Law Department and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy in SOAS

Call for presenters: Online conference on the UNWCC 19 November 2021 

Maynooth University Law Department and the Centre for International Studies and  Diplomacy in SOAS are holding a joint online joint conference on the United Nations  War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which will take place on 19 November 2021. The  conference organisers invite presentations from scholars in all disciplines, including  law, history, international relations and political science. This call for presenters is  open to researchers at all career levels; established scholars and researcher new to  this subject are welcome to apply. Many leading scholars have written on the UNWCC  and we welcome further exploration of the UNWCC and its Archives. This event aims to bring together UNWCC scholars (both established researchers and early career  researchers) to explore new avenues for exploration. In particular, the conference  seeks to open up this area to scholars new to the UNWCC.  

The UNWCC, which operated from 1943-48, was a UN agency that supported localised  prosecutions of international crimes committed during the Second World War. The  Commission was composed of representatives from 16 Allied States and through its  work war crimes and crimes against humanity were prosecuted in tribunals located in  Europe and the Far East. Over the course of its lifetime, more than 2000 trials took  place. The work of the UNWCC gives an insight into substantive and procedural  international criminal law in the post war period. Since 2017, the UNWCC Archives  have been made available to the public online.  

This virtual conference is organised by Dr Amina Adanan of Maynooth University Law  Department and Prof. Dan Plesch of the Centre for International Studies and  Diplomacy in SOAS in University College London. This project is funded by the Royal  Irish Academy.  

Submissions should be composed of a Word doc. file, and should include: 

⮚ The applicant’s name, academic position and institutional affiliation. ⮚ An abstract (max. 300 words). 

⮚ Key words (max. 5). 

⮚ ‘UNWCC conference’ in the email subject line.

Submissions should be emailed to before 10 September 2021.  Successful applicants will not be required to submit a full paper to participate in the  conference in November. 

Conference presentations will be 10-15 mins and the event will include keynote lectures by leading scholars on the UNWCC. The best presentations from the conference will be invited to participate in a blog symposium on the subject of the UNWCC. To encourage participation from scholars new to the subject, there will be honorarium of £100 each for the best abstract and presentation from an undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral student. The conference will be open to  presenters and non-presenters alike and details of how to attend will be publicised in  

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