2nd Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

View the pronouncement of the Chautauqua Declaration

View a photo slideshow from this year’s dialogs.

Press Coverage: Declaration Signed, Ishmael Keynotes Law Dialogues.

The Prosectutors
Prosecutors and Sponsors from the
First International Humanitarian Law Dialogs
Watch the issuance of last year’sChautauqua Declaration

Get a copy of the Proceedings of the First International Humanitarian Law Dialogs
On August 25 and 26, 2008, the Jackson Center will co-sponsor the 2nd annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, an historic gathering at Chautauqua Institution of international prosecutors from Nuremberg through present day tribunals. The sessions are free and open to the public (with the exception of meals).

The Dialogs, held in this 60th anniversary year of the United Nations’ adoption of the Genocide Convention, will address issues of international law and criminality, including “ethnic cleansing,” forced service of children in wars, and how international courts identify the perpetrators of such crimes and bring them to justice.

The Dialogs will culminate, as did last summer’s inaugural gathering, with a Chautauqua Declaration by the prosecutors.

In conjunction with the Dialogs, the Robert H. Jackson Center will feature an exhibit, “From Nuremberg to the Hague,” that explores how the international justice system has evolved since Nuremberg.

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. Nuremberg was 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 is co-sponsored by:
The Robert H. Jackson Center
American Society of International Law
Chautauqua Institution
Washington University’s Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
Syracuse University College of Law
Case Western University School of Law
Enough Project


Whitney R. Harris, International Military Tribunal (IMT), Nuremberg
Henry T. King, Jr.,IMT & United States Military Tribunals, Nuremberg
Benjamin B. Ferencz, United States Military Tribunals, Nuremberg
Serge Brammertz, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Hassan Jallow, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
David M. Crane, Special Court for Sierra Leone
Stephen Rapp, Special Court for Sierra Leone
Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court
Robert Petit, Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Invited Speakers and Panelists

Robert C. Krueger, former United States Senator and Ambassador
Mark A. Drumbl, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Omar Ishmael,ENOUGH! Project
Clint Williamson, Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues,U.S. Department of State
Michael P. Scharf, Case Western University School of Law
Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law
Lucy Reed, President, American Society of International Law
Michael A. Newton, Vanderbilt University School of Law
John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University School of Law
Grace Akallo, former child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army, author and activist

Accomodations and Directions

We are delighted that you will be joining us for the second annual International Humanitarian Law Dialog to be held August 25 & 26, 2008, on the grounds of historic Chautauqua Institution. Below you will find information regarding travel, accommodations and other logistics to assist you with your plans.

For the purpose of scheduling your travel please note the following DESTINATION Airports with connections from major U.S. airports including New York JFK or LaGuardia, Chicago O’Hare, Detroit, or Washington, DC Regan International or Dulles airports:

• Buffalo, New York (approximate drive time to Chautauqua Institution – 90 minutes)
• Erie, Pennsylvania (approximate drive time to Chautauqua Institution – 50 minutes)
• Jamestown, New York (approximate drive time to Chautauqua Institution – 20 minutes)

Hotel accommodations are graciously provided by the historic Athenaeum Hotel which is also the Dialogs event site. To secure your reservations please contact the hotel at 1-800-821-1881 or go to www.ciweb.org.

Complimentary parking will be provided by The Athenaeum Hotel for participants who are driving directly to this year’s Dialogs.

Hotel Accommodations
Athenaeum Hotel 1-800-821-1881
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, New York 14722

Logistics/ Coordination including Travel Questions and General Information
Carol Drake, Office Manager, Robert H. Jackson Center
716-483-6646 phone
716-483-0690 fax


The Genocide Convention: A 60th Anniversary Celebration

August 23-24: Arrival of Prosecutors and Participants
Presentation of documentary “Darfur Now”

August 25: Day 1 of Dialogs

Welcome by Gregg Peterson, Chairman Robert H. Jackson Center and Tom Becker, President of the Chautauqua Institution.

Keynote address. Speaker: Omar Ismael, ENOUGH!

Introductory lecture recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention. Lecturer: Mark Drumbl

An around the world report from the current Prosecutors on the current issues they face today (Ocampo, Brammertz, Petit, Jallow, Rapp) Moderated by Leila Sadat.

Distinguished Luncheon Speaker. Amb. Clint Williamson, Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, US Dept. of State

Dialog with the Prosecutors: Atrocity and genocide the challenge of semantics. Moderator: M. Scharf

Distinguished dinner speaker. Lucy Reed, Pres. ASIL

August 26: Day 2 of Dialogs

International Criminal Law: A Status Report

Break out sessions:

– The Scourge of Child Soldiers. Moderated by Michael Scharf with Leila Sadat, Grace Akallo.
– Nuremberg and genocide: An historical perspective. Moderated by John Q. Barrett with Whitney Harris, Henry King, Ben Ferencz, and Greg Peterson.

Lunch and conversations with the Prosecutors.

Distinguished lunch speaker. Ms. Grace Akallo, Former Child Soldier in the Lord’s Resistance Army, Author, Activist

Press conference and the issuance of the Second Chautauqua Declaration