A press conference will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Hotel in Chautauqua Institution for the issuance of the 2011 Chautauqua Declaration.

The fifth annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center, is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg through present day who represent tribunals held in Rwanda, Germany, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, The Hague, Cambodia, and the former Yugoslavia. The 2011 installation of the Dialogs, held August 28-30 at the Chautauqua Institution, focused on the theme, “Widespread & Systematic!: Crimes Against Humanity in the Shadow of Modern International Criminal Law.”  For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at (716) 483-6646.

Each year, the Dialogs conclude with the issuance of a “Chautauqua Declaration,” a statement developed by the prosecutors during the two-day symposium that calls on all nations to pursue justice as a matter of law. It reaffirms the first Chautauqua Declaration, issued in 2007, which stated, “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 are held annually to honor these ideals, and to help advance the field of international humanitarian law. was moderated by Diane Marie Amann, professor at University of Georgia School of Law and a founding contributor to “IntLawGrrls” blog, a co-sponsor of the Law Dialogs, moderated the 2011 Declaration signing .