Thursday, August 12, 2010

Go On! IntLawGrrls @ 4th IHL Dialogs

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

Delighted to announce that IntLawGrrls again will cosponsor the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, not far from another cosponsor, the Robert H. Jackson Center.
The theme of this year's 4th annual Dialogs, to be held August 29 to 31, is timely given the outcome of the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Uganda. IntLawGrrls wrote a Kampala series of posts about that conference, as well as a crime of aggression series about a key conference outcome, the adoption of provisions designed to make the crime punishable by the ICC.
Exploring it will be prosecutors from international criminal fora, plus many international criminal law scholars. (Prior IntLawGrrls posts.) Last year was a great opportunity to meet such colleagues at Chautauqua, a picturesque lakefront venue. It was also the source of 2 IntLawGrrls guest contributions: a trilogy of posts by Judge Patricia M. Wald (here, here, and here), plus a post by Judge Marilyn J. Kaman (here).
Many present and former international prosecutors are expected to take part this year. In addition to those mentioned as specific speakers in the program that follows, prosecutors set to attend include the following from the:
► International Criminal Court, Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (left);
► International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, former prosecutor H.W. William Caming;
► Special Court for Sierra Leone, Chief Prosecutor Brenda Hollis (below right), recently in the news for calling a supermodel to testify at the ongoing Hague trial about diamonds received from defendant Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, and former Chief Prosecutor David M. Crane, the founder of the Dialogs who's now a Professor of Law at Syracuse University, another cosponsor, and the founder of the Dialogs;
► Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: Co-Prosecutor Andrew T. Cayley and former Co-Prosecutor Robert Petit; and
► International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia, former Chief Prosecutor Richard J. Goldstone.
Sessions on the current program include:

Sunday, August 29
► Showing of War Don Don, an award-winning HBO Documentary film about a Special Court trial in Sierra Leone, moderated by filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen (left).
Monday, August 29
► Keynote speech by Benjamin B. Ferencz, formerly a prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and a lifelong activist on behalf of international criminal justice, introduced by Professor Michael P. Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, another cosponsor.
► Updates from all the current prosecutors, moderated by Professor John Q. Barrett, St. John's University School of Law.
► Keynote speech by Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, 2d Vice President of the International Criminal Court, introduced by Leila Nadya Sadat, an IntLawGrrl guest/alumna who contributed to our Kampala series, and Director of the Whitney R. Harris Institute at the Washington University School of Law, another Dialogs cosponsor.
► Dialog on the crime of aggression, with Ferencz, John Washburn, Convener of the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and William R. Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court, moderated by Professor David J. Scheffer of Northwestern University School of Law, formerly U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes.
► Keynote address by Stephen J. Rapp, currently the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, and formerly the Chief Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, introduced by David Sullivan of Enough Project, another cosponsoring organization.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
► Year in Review -- International Criminal Law, by IntLawGrrl Valerie Oosterveld (left), a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, and frequent contributor to our Kampala series.
► Keynote speech by Professor William Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway.
► Issuance of the 4th Chautauqua Declaration & Conclusion of Dialogs, hosted by IntLawGrrl Diane Marie Amann (yours truly, also a Kampala series contributor), Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, wearing my hat as a Vice President of the American Society of International Law, another cosponsor of the IHL Dialogs.
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