Addressing Regime Crime

The Concept of Criminal Responsibility of Political Parties

Seminar on Criminal Responsibility of Political Parties
|Date & Time|Dec. 5, 2016 (Mon), 11am-1pm
|Venue|Seoul NPO Center, Seminar Room, 2F
|Organizers|Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), the Seoul office of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Social Science Korea Human Rights Forum (SSK Human Rights Forum)

* Limited seats are available. Please RSVP your attendance by Dec. 3 (Sat) via

The organizers are pleased to invite you to a special lecture from Dr. Aleksandar Marsavelski, Chair of Criminal Law at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Drawing on examples from around the world, Dr. Marsavelski will discuss how political parties can be held accountable for the actions they inspire. The lecture will address legal models that have the potential to attribute the widespread and gross human rights violations that take place in the DPRK, to the Workers’ Party of North Korea, in a transitional justice context.

11:00 – 11:05 Introduction
11:05 – 11:55 Lecture
11:55 – 12:10 Q&A with Discussant
12:10 – 12:35 Interactive Dialog with the Audience
* Lunch will be provided after the seminar.

“Case studies undertaken for the research project on Responsibility of Political Parties for Criminal Offences suggest that the most serious crimes that mankind could imagine were acts largely committed, instigated or condoned by ruling political parties. These crimes are usually erroneously referred to in the literature as state crime. This lecture will present a critique of this notion and offer a different one, based on understanding crimes of ruling political parties by means of their regime power: instead of state crime, we need to speak about regime crime.”
– Dr. Aleksandar Marsavelski

* Limited seats are available. Please RSVP your attendance by Dec. 3 (Sat) via