The International Humanitarian Law Dialogues (“Dialogues”) gather current and former international war crimes tribunal prosecutors, renowned academicians, and law experts to speak on current issues centered on a theme, allowing for meaningful discussions concerning contemporary international criminal law. The conferences echo the sentiments of Justice Robert H. Jackson by recognizing international law as “one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.”
The Dialogues include a keynote speaker and roundtable discussions on the conference’s theme, updates from current prosecutors, student sessions, and break- out “porch sessions” on selected topics. Since commencing in 2007, the conference has been held each year at the historic Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY and the Robert H. Jackson Center in nearby Jamestown, NY, with the exception of 2016. In that year, the Dialogues took place in Nuremberg, Germany to participate in the city’s official recognition of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Nuremberg Trial for which Robert H. Jackson was the architect and U.S. Chief Prosecutor.
Each year, as the culminating conference event, a Chautauqua Declaration is created and issued by all of the international prosecutors in attendance.
The 12th International Humanitarian Law Dialogues theme is “Is the Justice We Seek the Justice they Want?”, Cultural Approaches to International Justice. The conference will take place August 26-28, 2018.