The accountability for communist crimes provokes political discussions and legal problems in many states of the world. Given that most of those crimes can be classified as international crimes, the prosecution should be in the interest of the whole international community.
There is no international court which would deal with individual responsibility of perpetrators of communist crimes. National courts tend to encounter tremendous problems concerning legal qualification of communist crimes, application of statutory limitations, lack of cooperation with third states, as well as invocation of privileges and immunities of high officials of communist regimes in order to avoid responsibility. In some states (e.g. in Poland) communist crimes, even minor ones, are often qualified as crimes against humanity or genocide. This provokes debates in many instances. In others states, the question of communist crimes is dealt only on the civil claims level or is ignored altogether. Does it mean that victims accept the situation?
The aim of the conference organized by the Institute of Justice is to contemplate the answers for the following questions:
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