Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Go On! International prosecutors' chautauqua

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia of interest.) The meaty topic to be addressed at an August 29 discussion at New York's Chatauqua Institution is "The Laws of War: Past, Present, and Future". Featured is a stellar panel of men who've served as prosecutors in international criminal tribunals; in order of tribunal seniority, they are:
►International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg: Whitney Harris, Henry King
►International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia: David Tolbert
►International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Hassan Jallow
►International Criminal Court: Luis Moreno-Ocampo
►Special Court for Sierra Leone: David M. Crane, Desmond DeSilva, Stephen Rapp
►Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: Robert Petit
Moderating the event, whose cosponsors include the American Society of International Law, will be a number of international criminal law experts. Among them is our colleague Leila Nadya Sadat. She's the only woman on the program, though women've worked on the prosecution in all these jurisdictions. One is Cecilia Goetz (above), among a number of women prosecutors at Nuremberg. Learning more about them is, thanks to our own Beatrice, an ongoing IntLawGrrls quest. (More on Goetz' colleagues -- IntLawGrrls Women at Nuremberg series --begins tomorrow.)
Understood that U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, once Chief Prosecutor at the ad hoc tribunals, and her successor, Carla del Ponte, might be tad busy these days. But perhaps future sessions -- with luck, this "International Humanitarian Law Dialog" will become an annual event -- will feature them or others who might add insights to what promises to be a powerful dialogue.

2 comments:

DMC said...

To my distinguished colleagues, the IntLawGrrls: You make an important series of points and I thank you for them. The dialogs are an annual event and they will grow hopefully in meaningful and appropriate ways. Our two female colleagues were conflicted out, but both are members of the group and the dialogs. As a member of that group I hope that you all will find time to join us in the future, I know we would value that. DMC

Grace O'Malley said...

Many thanks for the clarification and invitation, DMC (a musical set of initials, those). We do hope to join you at future chautaquas, and wish you all well in the inaugural event.