Friday, April 16, 2010

Write On! Untold war crime trial stories

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers.)

From our Opinio Juris colleague Kevin Jon Heller, news that papers are being sought for what promises to be a fascinating event:
The conference, entitled Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials, will be held October 15-16, 2010, at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia. Sponsoring the conference is the law school's Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (logo below left). Organizers are Kevin, who's a Senior Lecturer at the law school, along with Dr. Gerry Simpson, Centre Director and a law professor both at Melbourne and the London School of Economics; Dr. Tim McCormack, Melbourne law professor and the Centre's Foundation Director, whom the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has named its Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law; and Dr. Jennifer Balint (right), an expert on genocide and state crime at Melbourne's School of Social and Political Sciences. Confirmed speakers for this effort to examine less well-known aspects of war crimes trials, with an eye to publication of a conference volume, include our colleagues Mark Drumbl (Washington & Lee) and Larry May (Vanderbilt).
Organizers explain:
As international criminal law matures, there has been a return to history. Intriguing research agendas have focused on the origins of international criminal law in the repression of piracy or slave-trading and on the institutional innovations found at Versailles and The Hague. Meanwhile, familiar landmarks are being revisited in order to clarify ongoing doctrinal debates (aggression at Nuremberg, conspiracy at Tokyo, and so on). Alongside all of this is increased interest in less familiar war crimes trials, both international and domestic.
The idea behind this symposium is to uncover and explore some of the less well-known – perhaps even obscure – war crimes trials. As an example, Kevin Heller, one of the organizers, will be presenting a paper on the twelve Nuremberg Military Tribunals held under Control Council Law No. 10. There will also likely be papers on the war crimes trials held in Bangladesh after the secession, on the recent genocide trial in Ethiopia, and on the post-war trials under Australian jurisdiction in the Far East.
An abstract of 300 to 500 words, plus a short CV, should be submitted no later than the deadline of May 30, 2010, to Professor Simpson c/o Centre Administrator Cathy Hutton at Questions should be directed to Kevin at

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