Atrocity Crimes and the Veto

Date and time: 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:00
Woolworth Building, Room 430


Join the Center for Global Affairs and the International Center for Transitional Justice to discuss important initiatives related to certain uses of the veto power by permanent members of the Security Council with Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Clinical Professor Jennifer Trahan, and our own Deputy Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice, Anna Myriam Roccatello. 


The veto power or its threat (the silent veto) continue to be used by some permanent members of the UN Security Council despite ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes. This causes paralysis in the Security Council precisely when its action is needed the most. To solve this, the ACT Group of States’ Code of Conduct and the French/Mexican Initiative have both been promoting forms of voluntary veto restraint in the face of ongoing atrocity crimes. These initiatives already have received the support of nearly two thirds of the General Assembly.

Join the Center for Global Affairs in the next installment of their public events series to consider these two important initiatives as well as legal arguments that demonstrate that there are hard law limits to unrestrained veto use during ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes.


  • H.E. Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Lichtenstein to the UN
  • Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor, NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs
  • Anna Myriam Roccatello, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)


  • Andras Vamos-Goldman, Adjunct Faculty, NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs; former Executive Director, Justice Rapid Response

Please register for this event here.