FEB 4, 2011
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM
The Katyn massacre of 1940 involved murders at the Katyn forest and in other locations throughout the Soviet Union of over 22,000 Polish officers, prisoners of war, and members of the Polish leading elite, by a single shot to the back of each of their heads. For 50 years, this massacre was subject to a massive cover up. Initially the Soviet Union blamed the Nazis for the murders, saying that the killings took place in 1941 when the territory was in German hands. It was not until 1990 that the Russian government admitted that the executions actually took place in 1940 and were carried out by the Soviet secret police. In 1990, Russian prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into the massacre, but the case was terminated in 2004, its findings were classified as top secret, and it appeared that the tragedy would once again be subject to "historical amnesia."
The objective of the Katyn Symposium is to bring together leading international experts in jurisprudence, international criminal law, and the Katyn crime, as well as representatives from Poland and Russia, to discuss the events in a neutral setting. A diverse group of highly qualified scholars will present Polish, Russian and third party expert views on the Katyñ murders in four panel sessions, followed by a round-table discussion.
son of a Polish officer imprisoned in Starobielsk and murdered in Kharkov
Professor John Q. Barrett
St. John University School of Law
Professor Janusz Cisek
Centre for European Studies
Hon. David Crane
Founding Chief Prosecutor
Special Court for Sierra Leone
Alexander Guryanov, PhD
Polish Program Coordinator, Memorial Group
Teresa Kaczorowska, PhD
Polish journalist and writer
Professor Mark Kramer, PhD
Director, Cold War Studies Program
Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University
Kenneth Ledford, PhD
Professor of History and Law
Case Western Reserve University
Krzysztof Persak, PhD
Institute of National Remembrance
Hon. Stephen Rapp
Ambassador at Large for War Crimes
Professor William Schabas
Director, Irish Center for Human Rights
Michael P. Scharf
John Deaver Drinko-Baker and Hostetler Professor
Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Professor Milena Sterio
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland State University
Maria Szonert-Binienda, Esq.
President, Libra Institute, Inc.
en to the public at no cost.
CLE credit will be available for a $200 fee to lawyers who attend.
At one-hour CLE activities, Ohio Supreme Court regulations require attorneys to be present for the entire hour to obtain credit. Therefore, registration for one-hour lectures will close at the time the event is scheduled to start.
Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, but we cannot submit CLE credit for late arrivals.
At events longer than one hour,
we will submit credit based on an attorney’s arrival time and duration of attendance, but no less than the minimum of one full hour of attendance.
We encourage attendees to arrive at registration 20 minutes prior to the start of a lecture
to sign in, obtain materials, and be seated.
DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS * PARKING
There is no law school parking, however, public parking, for a fee, is available in the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking underground garage. Also, meter parking might be available.
Recording in any form is prohibited.
· Agenda & Speaker Bios
· Katyn-Siberia Docs
· Nazi-Soviet Docs
· Living in the Shadow
· Jackson Nuremberg Roles
· Status of Katyn Case
· Children of Katyn Massacre
· 70 Years After
· Katyn Crime 70 Years After
· Genocide, State Lies, Secrecy
· Scope of Katyn Crime
· Katyn Lie