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We are particularly happy to announce two distinguished keynote speakers:

schmitt für homepageBertram Schmitt

"Law and Justice - Reflections of a judge"

Judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague (since 2015), Judge at the German Federal Court of Justice, and honorary professor at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany. During his career, Judge Schmitt has presided criminal trials dealing with crimes such as homicide, sexual violence against women and children and all forms of organized crime at various courts. At the ICC, Judge Schmitt has presided the 5-year trial against Dominic Ongwen, who was found guilty for a total of 61 crimes comprising crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Northern Uganda between 2002 and 2005. In his keynote lecture, Judge Schmitt will elaborate on the relationship between social justice research and legal practice at supranational institutions such as the ICC.


k_keune_photo_-43r_johanna_vJohanna Ray Vollhardt

"How do Victim Groups Respond to Historical and Ongoing Injustice and Violence? The Influence of Context, Individual Differences, and Intragroup Processes on Collective Victimization Beliefs"

Associate Professor of Psychology at Clark University, USA. Johanna’s research focuses on experiences of collective victimization, how members of targeted groups make sense of these experiences, and how the outcomes of these sense-making processes shape individual well-being, intragroup dynamics, and intergroup reconciliation (vs. conflict escalation). Her research is remarkable for being methodologically diverse and state-of-the-art and for tackling pressing societal questions about peace and conflict from a social-psychological perspective. In her keynote lecture, Johanna Vollhardt will discuss what social justice research can do to promote peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of intractable conflicts.