Episode 26 – High Moral Character with Danya Chaikel, Diane Marie Amann and Priya Pillai

Janet on our video call with Priya, Diane and Danya. Not pictured: Stephanie in her supply closet studio

The election of the new prosecutor at the International Criminal Court is coming up in December. In the run up to the announcement of the shortlist of candidates there has been much debate about the role of the prosecutor and also the kind of person who should get the job, for instance in an online symposium for Opinio Juris and Justice in Conflict and an open letter of Atlas Women.

We got together with three of the fabulous women commentators contributing to the online debate for those who would rather listen than read . Danya Chaikel, Diane Marie Amann and Priya Pillai talks us thought the issues and what the requirement of having “high moral character” really says.

As always we asked recommendations and with lots of speakers there are lots of options. Danya was reading Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and watching Ugly Delicious on Netflix . Priya dives into controversy with her pick American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. And for those of you with a lot of time on your hands during (partial) lockdown Diane offered a pallet of classic and still timely books and a real academic read with Albert Camus’ La Peste, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Mary Ellen O’Connel’s The Art of Law in the International Community. Finally the title of the book Stephanie couldn’t remember was Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe which explores why women are drawn to true crime books, podcasts and television shows.

This podcast has been produced as part of a partnership with JusticeInfo.net, an independent website in French and English covering justice initiatives in countries dealing with serious violence. It is a media outlet of Fondation Hirondelle, based in Lausanne, Switzerland.