Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Go On! On day of Lubanga verdict, "Atrocity Crimes Litigation 2011: Year in Review" at The Hague

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

Pleased to announce an exciting event in which yours truly has the honor of taking part:
The Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year in Review (2011) Conference, billed as a "discussion of atrocity crimes litigation of 2011 with leading practitioners and experts," will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Dokter van der Stamstraat 1, in Leidschendam, adjacent to The Hague in the Netherlands. (credit for photo below of tribunal's building)
As this conference begins, we've just learned, Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court will "deliver its decision on the innocence or guilt of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo," the 1st person to stand trial at the ICC. That event promises rich discussion at our conference just up the road from the ICC.
The year-in-review conference began several year ago. Its founder, our colleague David Scheffer, held it at his home institution, Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. This year will be the 1st that the Northwestern Law conference goes to The Hague, home to the ICC, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and others among the tribunals to be reviewed.
The day will be web-linked to Northwestern students, and a recording will be available online in due course.
What's more, this year as in the past, the conference proceedings will form a forthcoming issue of the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights (prior issues available here).
At center stage will be prosecutors and defense lawyers, who will report on, and debate, the year's developments at the various tribunals. My role is to serve as something of a backgrounder and color commentator, then to contribute a year's recap to the Journal. In this annual role, I'm honored to follow a couple IntLawGrrls, Beth Van Schaack (contribution here) and Valerie Oosterveld (contribution here), as well as our colleagues Göran Sluiter (contribution here) and William A. Schabas (contribution here).
Here's the full lineup for this year's event:
David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
Diane Marie Amann, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law
Caroline Buisman, Defence Counsel, International Criminal Court
Andrew Cayley, International Co-Prosecutor, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Sara Criscitelli, Prosecution Coordinator, International Criminal Court
Mark Harmon, recently retired from his post as Senior Trial Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Brenda Hollis (far left), Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone (photo credit)
Hassan Jallow, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Daryl Mundis, Chief of Prosecutions, Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Preregistration is required and closes March 5, 2012; click here.

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