13th Annual Heintz Award Presentation & Interview/Performance by Samite

Irwin Cotler

The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to announce the opening of the 13th annual International Humanitarian Law Roundtable (IHLR) with a program featuring the presentation of the Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement and an Interview/Performance featuring Samite, internationally acclaimed musician and humanitarian. This event is Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Cappa Theatre of the Jackson Center at 305 East 4th Street, Jamestown, NY.

Given annually, the Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement recognizes individuals who demonstrate compassion, vision, and dedication in pursuit of international humanitarian justice. The Heintz award has been described by the EU Reporter as “one of the world’s most prestigious individual achievement prizes.” This year’s award honors Irwin Cotler, a former Member of Parliament for Mount Royal in Quebec, Canada from 1999 to 2015. He also served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from 2003-2006.  Cotler notably served as counsel to former prisoners of conscience Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Jacobo Timmerman in Latin America, Muchtar Pakpahan in Asia, as well as other well-known political prisoners and dissidents.


Samite Mulondo

After the award presentation, a public interview and performance of “Samite: A Journey of Resilience” will be featured. Samite is an internationally acclaimed musician who has performed solo, with Paul Simon and other artists around the world. In 2002, he founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organization dedicated to enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people. Samite recently released his eleventh album, “Resilience,” from which he developed a one-man theatrical performance about blending traditional African music with stories of hope and tolerance. You may purchase tickets online below or by calling (716)483-6646. The opening program is possible through the generosity of our donors, LaBella Associates and the Whitney R. Harris Lectureship Endowment Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

The public is also welcome to the IHLR seminars and lectures held on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution on Monday and Tuesday, August 26-27. The theme this year is “The Third Wave…Adapting ICL to 21st Century Realities.” Attendance is free of charge. This is the first year the program is in a roundtable format, as it was previously styled as the International Humanitarian Law Dialogues. Please visit Case Western Reserve University’s website to learn more.