Episode 35 – Victims and the ICC Alphabet Soup with Lorraine Smith van Lin

Lorraine Smith van Lin
Lorraine Smith van Lin

This time on the podcast we are joined by reparations expert Lorraine Smith van Lin. She organised a fascinating discussion at the end of last year about what the new Independent Expert Review into the International Criminal Court – which has hundreds of recommendations for how the court should change – will mean for victims. The ICC is the court where victims participate – they have their own representation inside the court room. And they get reparations – they have their own Trust Fund that should deliver after a judgement.

Co-organisers of the event with Tallawah were: Redress, Avocats Sans Frontieres and Queen’s University Belfast.

In the podcast you get to hear from some of the most important people in and around the ICC dealing with and thinking about victims: Paolina Massidda, Principal Counsel, Independent Office of Public Counsel for Victims at the ICC; Joseph Akwenyu Manoba, Legal representative of victims, Ongwen case, ICC; Franziska Eckelmans, Legal Adviser and Deputy to the Executive Director, ICC Trust Fund for Victims; Philipp Ambach Chief, Victim Participation and Reparations Section, ICC Registry; Dr. Luke Moffett, Reparations Expert, Queen’s University Belfast

And Lorraine chose an important book for us all to look at. It’s And I Live On: The Resilience of Rwandan Genocide Survivors of Sexual Violence which features “searing testimonials” from Rwandan survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi 15 and 25 years after the horrific events of 1994, put together by IMPACT.



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.