ATbar Judge Jean-Paul Laborde – ICT16

Judge Jean-Paul Laborde – ICT16

11/09/2016 | by Laborde, Jean-Paul (Judge)  

The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Judge Laborde focused his keynote on the victims of terrorism. He emphasized the need for the international community to restore the victims’ honor and memory and seek justice for them.  Judge Laborde stated that doing these three things would better ensure that the children of these victims are not raised in a manner that focuses their efforts on revenge.


Judge Laborde concentrated his remarks on the face of terror: the victims. He considered the ideas of respecting and protecting victims as well as fighting against impunity; the two guiding principles throughout his career. Judge Laborde spoke extensively about the importance of fighting impunity as he sees it as not only necessary for restoring dignity to victims, but also crucial for putting an end to terrorism. Furthermore, he affirmed that it is necessary for the international community, as well as countries with expertise, to offer assistance in terms of introducing the legal tools to bring terrorists to justice. Judge Laborde praised the victims’ resilience and their amazing willingness to seek justice without seeking revenge while also reiterating their right to privacy and dignity. Similarly, he re-emphasized the importance of international cooperation and integrating civil society and the private sector into the fight against terrorism. Judge Laborde closed his remarks with the following quote from Albert Camus; “each doubtless generation feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.”