Lectures & Events

Before Victims Become Victims: Preventing Genocide and Mass Murder
Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights
presented by Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
JAN 15, 2008
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

One of the world's leading experts in international law, Professor Reisman will criticize the ex-post punishment approach that has been taken toward genocide and mass killing, instead of an ex ante effective policy of prevention. Examing contemporary case studies, including Darfur and Burma, he will discuss how international law and international institutions can be used to identify situations ripe for genocide and to intervene at an early stage before they devolve into mass atrocities.
Past Klatsky lecturers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author and human rights advocate Samantha Power, former Chief Prosecutor of the Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal Richard Goldstone, and Executive Director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth.
Speaker Information
W. Michael Reisman
Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

W. Michael ReismanW. Michael Reisman has been on the faculty at Yale Law School since 1965. He has also been a visiting professor in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Basel, Paris and Geneva. Prof. Reisman is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a former member of its Executive Council, President of the Arbitration Tribunal of the Bank for International Settlements, Vice-Chairman of the Policy Sciences Center, Inc., elected to the Institut de Droit International, and a member of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, the Advisory Committee on International Law of the Department of State, and the Board of The Foreign Policy Association.

Having served as arbitrator and counsel in many international cases, Prof. Reisman has published widely in international law. He was President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, Vice-President and Honorary Vice-President of the American Society of International Law and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law. His most recent books are Foreign Investment Disputes: Cases, Materials and Commentary (with Bishop and Crawford) (Kluwer Law International, 2005); International Law in Contemporary Perspective (with Arsanjani, Wiessner & Westerman) (Foundation Press, 2004); Jurisdiction in International Law (Ashgate, 1999); and Law in Brief Encounters (Yale University Press, 1999), Chinese Translation, Shenghuozhongde Weiguan Falu [Microscopic Laws in Life] (Shangzhou Chubanshe, Taipei, 2001).
Additional Information
Free and open to the public. There will be NO CHARGE for the CLE credit for lawyers who attend.

Supplemental Readings:
· Reisman Bibliography
· Law in Action
· Why Regime Change

Lecture Podcasts:
· Podcast

Browse Lectures
Current LecturesPast Lectures

Get the latest news from CWRU Law directly to your inbox