Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Remedies for Harm Caused by UN Peacekeepers

A promising Washington, DC panel on peacekeeper accountability and solutions to the problem of UN impunity.


Allegations of misconduct and other activities by UN Peacekeepers that may result in harm to third parties raise serious concerns. The UN has put in place a zero tolerance policy, improved training and instituted a host of measures designed to prevent misconduct and implemented a regime for responding to claims that result from the activities of Peacekeeping missions. But, what happens when prevention is not fully successful? What about the victims of abuse? What remedies are or should be available to such victims or to others that may have been injured as a result of UN Peacekeeping activities? This program will examine these issues in the context of the cholera epidemic in Haiti and charges of sexual exploitation and corruption involving peacekeepers in other missions and other developments.


David Birenbaum, former US Ambassador to the UN for Management; Of Counsel to Fried Frank, Washington, DC.


Jose Alvarez, NYU Law School, Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law

Ira Kurzban, Partner at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli and Pratt PA and a lead attorney in Georges, et al v. United Nations, the case initiated against the UN for bringing cholera to Haiti

Bruce Rashkow, Columbia University, Lecturer in Law, former highest ranking American in the UN Office of Legal Affairs, 1995-2005, and former Assistant Legal Adviser for UN Affairs in the State Department’s Legal Advisers office, 1987-1995

[Registration Information:

  • Members of ASIL = Free.   Non-ASIL Members = $15.00
  • Members of the UNA/NCA, ABA(?), WFLS and Students of ASIL Academic Partner Schools= Free with discount code “UNPART”]


ASIL Headquarters, Tillar House

2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


12:00pm – 2:00pm (lunch provided)


Brought to you by: 

United Nations Association/National Capital Area

American Society of International Law

In cooperation with:

The American Bar Association Section of International Law

The Washington Foreign Law Society

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Institute for Justice & Democracy In Haiti
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Boston, MA 02116

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