Robert H. Jackson Center

IHLD 2007

The Laws of War: Past Present and Future

The first International Humanitarian Law Dialogs took place on August 29, 2007, on the 100th anniversary of the Hague rules of 1907 that are the basis of the laws that regulate armed conflict today. This was the first event of its kind, and many of the current and former prosecutors from the Nuremberg Military Tribunal, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia were in attendance.

The first dialogs began with a reflection on the Nuremberg tribunal, what its projected legacy was, and what its legacy is in earnest. Professor John Q. Barret of St. John's University School of Law gave the opening lecture on what the expectations were around the mid-20th century for the future of International Humanitarian Law. Afterword former Nuremberg prosecutor Whitney Harris gave the keynote address on "The Legacy of Nuremberg."

The day centered around a round table discussion of international humanitarian law, past, present, and future following the morning's presentations, and culminated with the signing of the first Chautauqua declaration

Sponsoring organizations included the American Society of International Law; the Chautauqua Institution; Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law; the Robert H. Jackson Center; and Syracuse University Law School.
David M. Crane,SCSL; Sir Desmond DeSilva, SCSL; Whitney Harris, IMT, Nuremberg; Hassan Jallow, ICTR; Henry King, IMT, Nuremberg; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, ICC; Robert Petit, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; Stephen Rapp, SCSL; and David Tolbert, ICTY participated.