Start Date: 10/9/2013 Start Time: 3:30 PM End Date: 10/9/2013 End Time: 4:30 PM
UC Hastings - Mary Kay Kane Hall Room: ARC
Last spring, former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide and war crimes. The trial represented the first time anywhere that a former head of state has been tried in a national court for genocide. The three judges who delivered that globally significant verdict will discuss the Guatemalan justice system, the structure of the courts, and their involvement in judging crimes against humanity. Yassmin Barrios, Patricia Bustamante, and Pablo Xitumul are the Guatemalan judges who presided during the Ríos Montt trial. Together they compose the Trial Court ‘A’ of the Guatemalan High Impact courts, an innovation intended to provide extra resources and security to those involved in high-profile or dangerous cases involving the military, drug traffickers, corrupt officials or other powerful actors. They have been threatened and harassed for their work, but have continued to try human-rights related cases.