On 25 August, swisspeace is organising the book launch of ‘Taking Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Seriously in International Criminal Law’ by Evelyne Schmid with the participation of Dr. iur. Evelyne Schmid (University of Basel) and Prof. Frank Haldemann (University of Geneva).
In her recent book, Evelyne Schmid challenges the widespread belief that economic, social and cultural rights are not and cannot be dealt with by existing international criminal law. Her book, published by Cambridge University Press, speaks to current debates on the selectivity of international criminal law and on the neglect of violations of economic, social and cultural rights in mechanisms dealing with the past. Whilst acknowledging the limits of this overlap, Schmid argues that international crimes overlapping with violations of economic, social and cultural rights deserve to be taken seriously by international as well as domestic actors who engage with international criminal justice and dealing with the past.