Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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War Crimes Research Symposium07

An International Conference
in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary
of the Negotiation of the Genocide Convention

Friday, September 28, 2007
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
* Moot Courtroom (A59)
* View the symposium webcast

Sixty years ago, on June 11, 1947, Raphael Lemkin, working with the U.N. Secretariat legal staff, completed the first draft of the Genocide Convention, launching the intense negotiations that would conclude in the U.N.’s adoption of the Convention in December 1948. Today, the Genocide Convention has 137 parties, and after years of dormancy, the Convention has become an important legal tool in the international effort to end impunity for the worst crime known to humankind. The past year alone has witnessed important cases based on the Genocide Convention before the International Court of Justice, the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, and the domestic courts of several countries. To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the negotiation of the Genocide Convention, the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University is hosting a major international symposium featuring two-dozen of the world’s leading academic experts, high level government officials, and most distinguished jurists and practitioners in the field.

This symposium is made possible by a generous grant from the Wolf Family Foundation, and is co-sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, the International Bar Association, the Robert H. Jackson Center, the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs and is serving as a regional meeting of the American Society of International Law, a regional conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and the annual meeting of the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section).

Articles generated by the speakers will be published in a special double issue of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious international law publications.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Registration & Coffee

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. President’s Welcome
Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University
Prof. Michael Scharf, Cox Center Director, Case Western Reserve University
Presentation of AIDP Book and Article of the Year Award
Prof. Michael Kelly, Creighton University 

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  “A History of Genocide”
Introduction: Prof. Kenneth Ledford, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Juan E. Méndez, former U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; President, International Center for Transitional Justice

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.  Break

9:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.  “The Origins of the Genocide Convention: From Nuremberg to Lake Success”
Chair: Don Ferencz, Director of the Planethood Foundation
Ben Ferencz, former Nuremberg Prosecutor
Prof. Henry King, former Nuremberg Prosecutor
Prof. William Schabas, National University of Ireland, Irish Centre for Human Rights, author of Genocide: The Crime of Crimes

10:55 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.  Break

11:05 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  “Prevention: A Cross-Fire Exchange on Use of Force to stop Genocide”
Chair: Prof. Melissa Waters, Vanderbilt University School of Law (Visiting)
Roy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Foreign Editor, McClatchy Newspapers
Prof. Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University School of Law
Prof. David Scheffer, Northwestern University School of Law, former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues
Prof. Paul Williams, American University Washington College of Law

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Pick up Complimentary Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Speaker

Introduction: Dean Gary Simson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Speaker: Robert Petit, Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

1:30 p.m. -1:45 p.m.  Break

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  “Prosecuting Genocide”
Chair: Prof. William Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Eric Blinderman, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Embassy Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad
Prof. David Crane, former Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Christine Chung, appointed by the International Criminal Court to prosecute its first case
Hon. Raid Juhi, former Chief Investigative Judge, Iraqi High Tribunal
Robert Petit, Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  “Defending Individuals Accused of Genocide”
Chair: Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association
Stuart Alford, Queen's Counsel
Nicholas Stewart, Defense Counsel for Momcilo Krajišnik
Prof. Elies van Sliedregt, Vrije University, Amsterdam
Mischa Wladimiroff, Defense Counsel for Slobodan Milosevic

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Break

4:45 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.  “Judging Genocide: A Roundtable Discussion of the International Court of Justice and Genocide”
Chair: Prof. Christopher Joyner, Georgetown University
Prof. Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University College of Law
Asst. Dean Michael Peil, Washington University School of Law
Prof. John Quigley, Ohio State University School of Law, Counsel in the Bosnia Genocide Case before the ICJ
Prof. Leila Sadat, Washington University School of Law

5:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
Prof. Michael Scharf

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Reception

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.