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August 2017
Chautauqua Institution
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October 2017
CWRU Law School
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February 2018
CWRU Law School
This is a multi-day event
June 2018
CWRU Law School
This is a multi-day event
“Katyn: Justice Delayed or Justice Denied?"
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Co-sponsored by
Libra Institute, Inc.; This program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
FEB 4, 2011
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 6.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

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.
Speaker Information
Speakers include:

Wesley AdamczykWesley Adamczyk
son of a Polish officer imprisoned in Starobielsk and murdered in Kharkov

John Q. BarrettProfessor John Q. Barrett
St. John University School of Law

Janusz CisekProfessor Janusz Cisek
Centre for European Studies
Jagiellonian University

David CraneHon. David Crane
Founding Chief Prosecutor
Special Court for Sierra Leone

Alexander GuryanovAlexander Guryanov, PhD
Polish Program Coordinator, Memorial Group
Moscow, Russia

Teresa KaczorowskaTeresa Kaczorowska, PhD

Polish journalist and writer

Mark KramerProfessor Mark Kramer, PhD
Director, Cold War Studies Program
Harvard University

Jerzy KrzyzanowskiJerzy Krzyzanowski

Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

Kenneth Ledford Kenneth Ledford, PhD
Professor of History and Law
Case Western Reserve University

Krzysztof PersakKrzysztof Persak, PhD
Institute of National Remembrance
Warsaw, Poland

Stephen RappHon. Stephen Rapp
Ambassador at Large for War Crimes

William SchabasProfessor William Schabas
Director, Irish Center for Human Rights

Michael P. ScharfMichael P. Scharf

John Deaver Drinko-Baker and Hostetler Professor
Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Milena SterioProfessor Milena Sterio
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Cleveland State University

Maria Szonert-BiniendaMaria Szonert-Binienda, Esq.
President, Libra Institute, Inc.

Additional Information
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.

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.

Supplemental Readings:
· Agenda & Speaker Bios
· Bibliography
· 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

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