Securing Victims' Rights: International Compensation and Asset Recovery for Victims of Crime

Securing Victims' Rights: International Compensation and Asset Recovery for Victims of Crime


VOCAL Conference:

Victims’ rights in a cross-border setting

12 May 2017, The Hague

Main chair: Ian Smith
Co-chair: Richard Korver


8.30 Welcome coffee and registration

9.00 – 9.15 Chairs’ welcome

9.20 – 9.50 Mrs. Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen, Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Damages for Possesions of Child Abuse Material - Legal possibilities and practical obstacles

9.55 – 10.25 Mr. Carel Raymakers, partner at JahaeRaymakers (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

“They’re home again!”: retrieval of two stolen Van Gogh paintings for the Van Gogh Museum

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.50 – 11.20 Mr. Olivier Gutkès, partner at GUTKÈS Avocats (Paris, France) and William Christopher, partner at Kingsley Napley (London, UK)

Comparison of the victim’s rights in fraud proceedings in England and France

11.25 – 11.55 Mrs. Paolina Massidda, is the Principal Counsel of the Office of the Public Counsel for Victims (OPCV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Representing Victims before the ICC

12.00 – 12.50 Networking lunch

12.50 – 13.20 Mr. Benjamin Borsodi, managing partner at Schellenberg Wittmer (Geneva, Switzerland)

Kleptocracy and Asset Recovery

13.25 – 13.55 Mrs. Siv Hallgren, head of the Norwegian Criminal Cases Review Commission

Representing victims during the Anders Breivik trial

14.00 – 14.30 Panel discussion & Chairs’ closing remarks

14.35 – 15.00 Walk to the prison

15.00 – 16.00 Tour of the prison “Gevangenpoort”

the Hague, the Netherlands 01/01/1970

16.00 – 17.30 Drinks

17.30 Close of conference

17.45 Dinner  (optional, not included in the conference price).

Details of the optional dinner will be circulated to delegates. Please note that the cost of dinner is not included in the Conference price.

Location: White Collar Academy, Dr. Kuyperstraat 5 (2514 BA), The Hague (Netherlands)

Price: EUR 195,-

Registration :



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