English | Italiano

· Editor and moderator: Attorney Roberta Arnold, PhD, former Public Prosecutor and lecturer at the Universities of Lucerne and Zurich, visiting scholar at Franklin University, Lugano – short bio.

 · Introduction: Roberto Badaracco, Attorney, Head of Lugano’s Cultural Council (CH) – short bio.


Artistic direction: Drago Stevanovic, Director of OtherMovie Lugano Film festival



· David Young, Barrister, Red Lion Chambers, London (UK) – short bio.


· Ximena Vengoechea, Advocate, Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh (UK) – short bio.


·Alice Zago, Trial Lawyer, International Criminal Court, The Hague (NL) – short bio.




How is criminal law coping with the COVID19 crisis? What are the repercussions on the actors of criminal law proceedings? Are domestic and international judicial systems facing the same difficulties? Important trials have had to be postponed following to the state of ‘necessity’ or ‘emergency’ in many jurisdictions. Just to mention some examples:


· In Switzerland, the long-awaited war crimes trial against the former leader of the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO) Alieuh Kosiah for events that occurred in Liberia between 1989 and 1996 had to be postponed from April to June-July. Kosiah has been held in pre-trial detention since November 2014.


·In The Netherlands, the Appeal Hearing of former Bosnian Serb military leader, 78 years old Ratko Mladic, has been rescheduled from March to June due to a surgery. However, the new date could be subject to change following to the restrictions introduced in the NL to control the pandemic. Mladic was sentenced to life imprisonment on 22.11. 2017 by the ICTY for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, for the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica (BiH).


In Italy, a letter sent by the Department of Prison Administration to the directors of the penitentiary institutions on 21 March 2020 created a lot of turmoil. Said letter required the listing and notification of the names of the detainees affected by pathologies and health risks associated with COVID 19. Following this, various detainees were released, including some of those that were subject to the special ‘Article 41 bis’ regime, applicable to those convicted of mafia-related crimes.


Our guests, who work in different judicial systems, on the Continent and across the Channel, will report about their experience at international and domestic level.



Media play a fundamental role in connecting and informing people in times of isolation and crisis, like wars and pandemics. They can also become promotors of justice, peace and stability. This will be discussed with Stef Brok (short bio), director of ‘The Balkan Triangle’, a film portraying three men who used media to battle nationalism during and after the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Often putting their lives at risk, they tried to build bridges between the conflicted groups of former Yugoslavia.


How to attend? The audience will be able to follow the event, ask questions and see the film by using the links that will be sent after having registering by e-mail by contacting the organisers at: info@othermovie.ch . Further details will follow by e-mail.