3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

View the pronouncement of the Third Chautauqua Declaration .

View a photo slides how from this year’s dialogs.

The third annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center at the Chautauqua Institution, is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg through present day, and leading women professionals in the legal and academic fields.

The 2009 installation of the Dialogs, held August 31-September 1, discussed and paid special tribute to the role of women in international criminal law. The sessions were free and open to the public (with the exception of meals).

Topics discussed at the Dialogs included: a keynote lecture on “Women at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg” by Professor John Q. Barrett, a roundtable discussion with the visiting prosecutors on “Gender Crimes at the International Level,” a briefing by Professor Leila Nadya Sadat on “The Convention on Crimes Against Humanity,” and a talk by Judge Marilyn Kaman, former International Judge for the United Nations mission in Kosovo, focusing on “Reflections on Women in International Criminal Law.” In addition, there was a special showing of the new NBC News program, “The Wanted” on the evening of August 31 which included appearances by members of the cast. 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. The Dialogs culminated, as in previous years, with a Chautauqua Declaration by the prosecutors.

This event was co-sponsored by:

The Robert H. Jackson Center
American Society of International Law
Chautauqua Institution
Syracuse University College of Law
Washington University School of Law
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center/”Case Western Reserve School of Law”:http://law.case.edu/
Enough Project
IntLawGrrls
Planethood Foundation


Prosecutors

Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court
H. William Caming, Nuremberg
David M. Crane, Special Court for Sierra Leone
Norman Farrell, International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia
Joseph Kamara, Special Court for Sierra Leone
Alphonse Van, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Speakers and Panelists

Professor Diane Marie Amann, University of California
Renifa Madenga, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, Washington College of Law, American University
Professor Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law
Judge Patricia M. Wald, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia
Judge Marilyn Kaman, former International Judge for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo
Christine Chung, Partner at Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers
Renifa Madenga, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Lesley Taylor,RUF Prosecutor in Sierra Leone
Siri Frigaard, Chief Public Prosecutor, Norwegian National Authority for Prosecution of Organised and Other Serious Crime
Professor John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University School of Law
Professor Michael P. Scharf, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Kelly Askin, former legal adviser to theICTY and ICTR
Betsy Andersen, American Society of International Law


Agenda

Honoring Women in International Criminal Law: From Nuremberg to the ICC (International Criminal Court)

Sunday, August 30: Arrival of Prosecutors and Participants

  • 1:30 p.m. – showing of the movie “The Reckoning” – Chautauqua Cinema
  • Evening Reception at the Robert H. Jackson Center (by invitation). Special Remarks by H. William Caming, Nuremberg Trial Counsel.

Monday, August 31: Day 1 of Dialogs

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast with Prosecutors
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Administrative Remarks. Greg Peterson, Chairman, Robert H. Jackson Center. Remembrance of Alison DeForges, HRW by Elizabeth Andersen.
  • 9:15 a.m. Katherine B. Fite, The Leading Female Lawyer at London and Nuremberg, 1945. Professor John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University.
  • 9:45 a.m. Keynote Lecture: Women at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Professor Diane Marie Amann, University of California.
  • 10:30 a.am. Break
  • 10:50 a.m. The Impunity Watch Essay Contest Winner Award Ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. Update from the current Prosecutors. Moderated by Professor Leila Sadat, Washington University School of Law.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Distinguished Lunch Speaker. Ms. Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President. Introduced by Colin Thomas-Jensen.
  • 2:30 p.m. Gender Crimes at the International Level. A roundtable discussion with the Prosecutors. Moderated by Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, Washington College of Law, American University.
  • 3:45 p.m. The Convention on Crimes Against Humanity. A briefing. Professor Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law.
  • 5:00 p.m. Open Time
  • 6:00 p.m. Reception
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:30 p.m. Distinguished Dinner Speaker. Judge Patricia M. Wald, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. Introduced by Lucy Reed, President, American Society of International Law.
  • 8:30 p.m. Special showing of NBC News “The Wanted” with members of the cast.

Tuesday, September 1: Day 2 of Dialogs

  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast with the Prosecutors
  • 8:30 a.m. Prosecutors Colloquium (Private—Prosecutors only.)
  • 9:00 a.m. International Criminal Law Year in Review. Professor Michael P. Scharf, Case Western Reserve University.
  • 10:00 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Reflections on Women in International Criminal Law. Judge Marilyn Kaman, former International Judge for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.
  • 11:00 a.m. Roundtable with current female trial attorneys Christine Chung, Lesley Taylor and Renifa Madenga. Moderated by Dr. Kelly Askin, former legal adviser to the ICTY and ICTR.
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch with the Prosecutors
  • 1:30 p.m. Distinguished luncheon speaker, Ms. Siri Frigaard. Introduced by Christine Chung, Partner at Quinn Emanuel Trial Lawyers.
  • 2:30 p.m. The signing of the Third Chautauqua Declaration. Betsy Andersen, American Society of International Law.
  • 2:45 p.m. Signing statements by the Prosecutors (and press conference).
  • 4:50 p.m. Informal dinner cruise around Chautauqua Lake sponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center/Case Western Reserve University.