Thursday, April 9, 2009

Go On! Crimes against humanity experts meet

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia of interest) Dozens of international criminal law experts will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, next week for a meeting on the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative about which we posted a while back. Spearheading the 2-year project aimed at drafting a multilateral treaty codifying the proscription against crimes against humanity is our colleague Leila Nadya Sadat, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law, which is sponsoring the experts' meeting along with the American Branch of the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law.
As is detailed in the agenda, crimes-against-humanity topics that will be examined include:
► Legal, social, and historical context;
► Legal issues;
► New conceptual paradigms; and
► Enforcement issues.
Participants include Sadat, of course, as well as the following IntLawGrrls and IntLawGrrl guests/alumnae: yours truly, Kelly Askin, Valerie Oosterveld, Diane Orentlicher, and Naomi Roht-Arriaza. Among the many other experts taking part in the closed roundtable discussion include: M. Cherif Bassiouni, chief drafter of the draft treaty; former international prosecutors Richard Goldstone (ICTY), David Crane (Special Court for Sierra Leone), and Whitney R. Harris (Nuremberg); Clint Williamson and David Scheffer, current and former U.S. Ambassadors at Large for War Crimes Issues; ASIL Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen; and Africa Legal Aid Executive Director Evelyn Ankumah. The complete list is here.

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