Robert H. Jackson Center

International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

First International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

First International Humanitarian Law Dialogues

The International Humanitarian Law Dialogs is an annual gathering of academics, human rights activists, and those involved in both previous and ongoing international tribunals and trials at the International Criminal Court. The dialogs takes place at the historic Chautauqua Institute near Jamestown New York. The dialogs discuss key issues within the field of International Law, and its purpose is to echo the sentiments of Justice Robert H. Jackson recognizing that international law "is one of the most significant tributes that power has ever paid to reason."

The first dialogs took place on August 29, 2007, and each year the event has grown in attendance and length. At the first dialogs everyone in attendance signed the Chautauqua Declaration calling on all nations to pursue justice as a matter of law. The declaration says that "the challenge for States and for the international community is to fulfill the promise of the law they created; to enforce judicial decisions; [and] to ensure the arrest and surrender of sought individuals...." The Dialogs take place honoring these ideals, and helping to advance the field of international humanitarian law.