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Event: “Accountability for the Salvadoran Jesuit Massacre: An Exercise in Universal Jurisdiction"

On April 17, 2018, Almudena Bernabéu, co-founder and principal of The Guernica Group, will be speaking at the event “Accountability for the Salvadoran Jesuit Massacre: An Exercise in Universal Jurisdiction”, in UC Berkeley School of Law. The event is sponsored by the Human Rights Center of this prestigious University, the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, as well as the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights (BHCHR).

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time: 12:45h

Venue: Room 244, University of California, Berkley - School of Law

This seminar will cover the Jesuit Massacre –one of the most relevant crimes occurred during the Salvadoran Civil War– and its investigation and prosecution before Spanish courts.

This atrocious crime was perpetrated on November 16, 1989, when a battalion of the El Salvador’s Army broke into the UCA El Salvador and murdered six Jesuit priests and two women. Almudena managed to bring this case before the Spanish judiciary through the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, and, so far, it has resulted in the extradition of Colonel Orlando Montano from United States to Spain to be tried before the Spanish National Court. Montano, who served as Deputy Minister of Public Security when the crime was committed, is accused of planning and ordering the killing and, hence, has been charged on counts of murder and terrorism.

Almudena will be talking about the Jesuit case, the political and legal barriers she faced, and the thrilling strategy followed. She will also discuss the case’s impact on International Criminal Law and how universal jurisdiction can be a tool to end impunity of atrocity crimes.

For more information about this event access the following link:

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