Thursday, July 7, 2011

IntLawGrrls' cosponsorship of 5th IHL Dialogs to launch annual Katherine B. Fite Lecture

This year adds an exciting new venture to IntLawGrrls' annual cosponsorship of a convocation of the women and men who prosecute persons charged with international crimes.
To be featured at next month's International Humanitarian Law Dialogs will be the 1st Annual Katherine B. Fite Lecture, a keynote address in honor of a pivotal lawyer at the International Military Tribunal.
Our colleague John Q. Barrett spoke about Katherine Boardman Fite (1905-1989), the 1st of several women at Nuremberg, at the 2009 IHL Dialogs. His consequent article on her contributions to international criminal law -- and on her experiences as one of very few professional women in the early days of the Nuremberg trials -- was published, as "Katherine B. Fite: The Leading Female Lawyer at London & Nuremberg," in the 3d IHL Dialogs Proceedings available here.
A 1930 Yale Law graduate, Fite was a State Department attorney assigned to work with the U.S. Chief Prosecutor, Justice Robert H. Jackson. (credit for above photo of Jackson and Fite) Her international law experience was critical to the 1945 drafting of the IMT Charter in London and the initial groundwork for the tribunal. Her papers, which include highly readable letters from Nuremberg to her parents in Massachusetts, were donated to the Truman Library and are available online here.
Honored to say that yours truly, IntLawGrrl Diane Marie Amann (left), will deliver the inaugural Fire Lecture. Other 'Grrls are sure to follow in the coming years.
As in past years (prior posts), this 5th installment of the IHL Dialogs will be held August 28-30 at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, not far from the Robert H. Jackson Center, a chief cosponsor of the event. This year's conference title: "Widespread & Systematic!" Crimes Against Humanity in the Shadow of Modern International Criminal Law.
Again central to the Dialogs will be the gathering of present and former international prosecutors. Scheduled to return are:
Fatou Bensouda (right), International Criminal Court (photo credit);
Serge Brammertz, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia;
H.W. William Caming, who helped prosecute the Ministries Case before the U.S. Military Tribunal at Nuremberg;
Andrew T. Cayley, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia;
► Syracuse Law Professor David M. Crane, formerly of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the founder of these Dialogs;
Robert Petit, formerly of the ECCC; and
Stephen J. Rapp, formerly of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and, since 2009, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues.
Scheduled new additions this year:
Daniel A. Bellemare, Special Tribunal for Lebanon;
Brenda J. Hollis (left), Special Court for Sierra Leone (photo credit); and
Hassan Jallow, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Program highlights are as follows:

Sunday, August 28
► 2 p.m. Screening of The Response (2009), a film that uses as its script actual transcripts from detainee hearings of Combatant Status Review Tribunals at Guantánamo. Q&A to follow.

Monday, August 29
► 9:20 a.m. Keynote address by DePaul Law Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, head of the U.N. Human Rights Council Libya inquiry commission. Introduction by Ireland-Galway Law Professor William A. Schabas will introduce him.
► 10:30 a.m. Reports from the current prosecutors. Washington & Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl will moderate.
► 1:30 p.m. Keynote speech by Northwestern Law Professor David A. Scheffer. Case Western Law Professor Michael Scharf will introduce him.
► 2:30 p.m. Bassiouni, Schabas, and Ambassador Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, will discuss the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, on a panel moderated by the Initiative's founder and driving force, IntLawGrrls guest/alumna Leila Nadya Sadat (right).
► 8 p.m. Keynote speech by Corell, introduced by Leila.
Tuesday, August 30
► 8:30 a.m. As described above, yours truly will deliver the 1st Annual Katherine B. Fite Lecture.
► 9 a.m. IntLawGrrl Beth Van Schaack (left) presents an Update on International Criminal Law.
► 11 a.m. Breakout sessions with current prosecutors on issues in international criminal law.
► 1:30 p.m. Keynote speech by International Bar Association Executive Director Mark Ellis, introduced by Vanderbilt Law Professor Mike Newton.
► 2:30 p.m. Elizabeth Andersen (right), Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law, another IHL Dialogs cosponsor, proclaims the 5th Chautauqua Declaration. (photo credit)

Details here. For registration and additional information, contact Carol Drake at

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