Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The 3d IHL Dialogs

As readers will recall from this post, IntLawGrrls and the American Society of International Law were among the proud cosponsors of the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs (above), held last week in Chautauqua, New York.
The IHL Dialogs provide the opportunity for international criminal prosecutors –- from as long ago as Nuremberg through the (all too many) present-day criminal tribunals –- to exchange ideas privately, to meet with other international humanitarian law scholars and practitioners, to recharge their batteries, and to share programs with the public. It is a small public, as the 135-year-old Chautauqua Institution, a lovely upstate community beside the lake of the same name, generously opens its doors to us sat the end of its nine-week season of lectures, concerts, classes, and recreation programs.
This year the theme was “Honoring Women in International Criminal Law: From Nuremberg to the ICC.” It is no exaggeration that this theme arose with IntLawGrrls founder Diane Marie Amann, who (diplomatically) blogged in 2007 about the absence of women prosecutors at the First International Humanitarian Law Dialogs. David Crane, the main force behind the Dialogs and the first prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, replied at once with a comment. The choice of this year's theme indicates that he heard Diane loud and clear.
The Dialogs were preceded by a reception at the Robert H. Jackson Center in nearby Jamestown. Gracing this reception was onetime Nuremberg Prosecutor H.W. William Caming (above right, talking with me), who had not attended the first two Dialogs. He honored his fellow former Nuremberg prosecutor, Henry T. King Jr., who had spoken so movingly last year and passed away at age 89 this spring.
We IntLawGrrls – and our friends – were well represented:
Diane gave a keynote lecture that arose out of her “Women at Nuremberg” blog series (below). She illustrated her talk with fascinating photographs, found painstakingly in archives, as well as personal history about the women, found even more painstakingly. (Be sure to read the text, in the Proceedings to be published by ASIL.)
► Professor Leila Nadya Sadat of Washington University School of Law chaired a panel of current prosecutors, ICC Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, ICTY Deputy Prosecutor Norman Farrell, SCSL Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Kamara, and ICTR prosecutor Alphonse Van.
► As depicted below, IntLawGrrl Kelly Askin of the Open Society Justice Initiative chaired a panel composed of current and former women prosecutors; from right to left, Renifa Madenga of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Christine H. Chung of the International Criminal Court, and Lesley Taylor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
► ASIL Executive Director Betsy Andersen gave a eulogy for Alison Des Forges, the Human Rights Watch researcher, and closed the Dialogs by reading aloud the prosecutors' Third Chautauqua Declaration of the prosecutors, reprinted below.
Yours truly introduced the keynote dinner speaker, Patricia M. Wald, former ICTY Judge and Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Circuit (among many other things), who spoke about what women victims need and expect from the international criminal tribunals.
►Former ICC prosecutor Chung, in addition to serving on the panel described above, introduced one keynote luncheon speaker, Siri Frignard, a current Norwegian international criminal prosecutor and a former East Timor prosecutor.
► Other keynoters were Minnesota State Judge Marilyn J. Kaman, who served as an international judge for the U.N. Mission in Kosovo; John Q. Barrett, who spoke about Katherine B. Fite, the (perhaps) leading woman lawyer at Nuremberg; and Eli Rosenbaum of the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations.
The panels and talks went hand-in-hand with opportunities for the prosecutors, IntLawGrrls, ASIL membersm and others to chat over a meal, on a walk, or while rocking on the front porch of the century-old Athaeneum Hotel.
As a sponsor, IntLawGrrls thanks all the other sponsors and organizers, especially Professor Crane, the Syracuse University College of Law, and Impunity Watch; Greg Peterson, Chair of the Jackson Center, and his family; Adam Bratton, Executive Director of the Jackson Center; Carol Drake, who makes everything run at the Jackson Center; Professor Sadat and Washington University's Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute; and Professor Michael Scharf and Case Western's Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, and organizer of the glorious post-conference cruise on Lake Chautauqua.


Diane Marie Amann said...

Dear Lucy,
Thanks for these excellent posts. But I must say that kudos are due to others as well for this topic -- David Crane of course, but also Leila Sadat, who raised this issue while attending the 1st Dialogs in 2007.

Lucy Reed said...

Dear Diane,

And I have also heard since posting that Betsy Andersen had chimed in during a conference call in support of the theme. Good to have so many thinking alike, and getting there.

Best, Lucy