Robert H. Jackson Center

IHLD 2012

The 6th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs was held at the Chautauqua Institution on August 26-28, 2012.

6th Annual IHLD Prosecutors

This is a photo of the prosecutors who attended the 6th Annual IHLD.


  • The Sixth Annual Chautauqua Declaration


  • The sixth annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg, The International Criminal Court, The International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The Prosecutors were joined by professionals in the field of International Humanitarian Law. The 2012 installation of the Dialogs, was held August 26-28 at the Chautauqua Institution, and offered a look at the impact of modern international law on war crimes and crimes against humanity, focusing on the theme, “Hybrid International Courts: A Tenth Anniversary Retrospective on the Special Court for Sierra Leone.”

    Highlights of the Dialogs included updates from the current prosecutors, a panel discussion and assessment of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, “Porch-Sessions with the Prosecutors” featuring a variety of focused topics, and the issuance of a Sixth Chautauqua Declaration by all the Prosecutors in attendance. In addition, there was a special film presentation of “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 26 at the Chautauqua Cinema.

    The film, part courtroom drama, part political thriller, and part war movie, is about the ongoing efforts to bring to trial in an international court of law José Efraín Ríos Montt, the Guatemalan dictator and military commander. Attending will be Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst from the National Security Archive, and protagonist in the movie.

    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.

    This event was made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: The Robert H. Jackson Center, The American Red Cross, The American Society of International Law, Case Western University School of Law, The Chautauqua Institution, The Enough Project, The International Bar Association, IntLawGrrls, The JCC Foundation, Clayton Sweeney, Syracuse University College of Law, TitanX Engine Cooling, and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, in association with the" United States Holocaust Memorial Museum":http://www.ushmm.org/.