Robert H. Jackson Center

IHLD 2009

Honoring Women in International Law, From Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court

The third annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center at the Chautauqua Institution, is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg through present day, and leading women professionals in the legal and academic fields.

The 2009 installation of the Dialogs, held August 31-September 1, discussed and paid special tribute to the role of women in international criminal law. The sessions were free and open to the public (with the exception of meals).

Topics discussed at the Dialogs included: a keynote lecture on "Women at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg" by Professor John Q. Barrett, a round table discussion with the visiting prosecutors on "Gender Crimes at the International Level," a briefing by Professor Leila Nadya Sadat on "The Convention on Crimes Against Humanity," and a talk by Judge Marilyn Kaman, former International Judge for the United Nations mission in Kosovo, focusing on "Reflections on Women in International Criminal Law." In addition, there was a special showing of the new NBC News program, "The Wanted" on the evening of August 31 which included appearances by members of the cast. Justice Robert H. Jackson was United States chief prosecutor of the principal Nazi war criminals at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, during 1945-46. The Dialogs honor the legacy of Nuremberg as the first successful international effort to hold individuals criminally responsible for planning and waging aggressive war, committing war crimes and committing crimes against humanity. It founded the era of international criminal law and set standards that guide international prosecutors today. The Dialogs culminated, as in previous years, with a Chautauqua Declaration by the prosecutors.

To watch a video of the presentation of the declaration click here for part one, here for part two, and here for part three.

ASIL annually publishes the proceedings from the Dialogs. An excerpt from “Proceedings of the Third International Humanitarian Law Dialogs” is found below. The complete publication is available for purchase; please call (716) 483-6646 for more information.
  • PORTRAITS OF WOMEN AT NUREMBERG (2.21 MB)
    An article by Diane Marie Amann
  • Prosecutors

    Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court
    H. William Caming, Nuremberg
    David M. Crane, Special Court for Sierra Leone
    Norman Farrell, International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia
    Joseph Kamara, Special Court for Sierra Leone
    Alphonse Van, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

    Speakers and Panelists

    Professor Diane Marie Amann, University of California
    Renifa Madenga, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
    Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, Washington College of Law, American University
    Professor Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law
    Judge Patricia M. Wald, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia
    Judge Marilyn Kaman, former International Judge for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo
    Christine Chung, Partner at Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers
    Renifa Madenga, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
    Lesley Taylor,RUF Prosecutor in Sierra Leone
    Siri Frigaard, Chief Public Prosecutor, Norwegian National Authority for Prosecution of Organised and Other Serious Crime
    Professor John Q. Barrett, St. John's University School of Law
    Professor Michael P. Scharf, Case Western Reserve University
    Dr. Kelly Askin, former legal adviser to the ICTY and ICTR
    Betsy Andersen, American Society of International Law

    The Event was Co- Sponsored by
    The Robert H. Jackson Center, the American Society of International Law, the Chautauqua Institution, Syracuse University College of Law, Washington University School of Law, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the Enough Project, IntLawGrrls and the Planethood Foundation.