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

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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War Crimes Research Symposium 09

“After Guantanamo: The Way Forward”
Four Roundtables on Reconciling National Security and the Rule of Law
Sept. 11, 2009 * 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM * Moot Courtroom (A59) * Webcast Live

Institute for Global Security Law and Policy    International Association of Penal Law
Inamori International Center for Ethics & Excellence    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
American Society of International Law    International Law Association – American Branch
Public International Law Group    American Bar Association – International Law Section
International Criminal Law Network
And made possible by a grant from the Wolf Family Foundation.
“It is more difficult than I think a lot of people realize to balance an adherence to a rule of law without releasing people intent on blowing us up.” – President Barack Obama

"There is no longer any doubt as to whether the [Bush] Administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account." - Major General Antonio Mario Taguba

In January 2009, President Obama signed an executive order banning torture and calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year. Authorities must now decide what to do about the detainees at Guantanamo Bay as well as the former officials behind the torture policies and memos. In this unique day-long conference, two dozen of the world’s leading experts participating in four roundtable discussions will examine such questions as: Who must be released from U.S. detention? Where should they be sent? Where should the remaining detainees be held? What procedures should govern their continued detention? Which of the remaining detainees should face trial? What form of trial should be used? And should the architects of the U.S. torture policies and memos face justice?

8:00-8:30 AM: Registration and Coffee - Ground floor Rotunda

8:30 AM: Introduction - Dean Robert Rawson and Professor Michael P. Scharf, director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

8:45-9:30 AM: Opening Lecture - General John D. Altenburg, Jr., Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig; former Convening Authority, Military Commissions

9:30-9:45 AM: Break

9:45-11:15 AM: Roundtable 1: A Retrospective on the Military Commissions
Moderator: Professor Robert Strassfeld, director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Larry May, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
Captain Keith Petty, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General, Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions
Professor Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University Law School, co-author, Enemy of the State
Professor Gregory McNeal, Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law
Colonel (ret.) Morris D. Davis, USAF, former Chief Prosecutor, Office of Military Commissions

11:15-11:30 AM: Break

11:30 AM-1:00 PM Roundtable 2: Dismantling Guantanamo: Facing the Challenges of Continued Detention and Repatriation

Moderator: Professor Michael J. Kelly, Associate Dean, Creighton University
Professor Matthew Waxman, Columbia Law School
Nicholas Rostow, University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, State University of New York (SUNY)
Captain Gregory Noone, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science & Law and Director, National Security and Intelligence Program, Fairmount State University
Laura Olson
, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project, and former ICRC Legal Advisor
Devon Chaffee, Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First

1:00-2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00-3:30 PM: Roundtable 3: The Appropriate Venue for Trying Terrorist Cases
Moderator: Professor Lewis Katz, director, LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Professor Scott L. Silliman, Duke University School of Law
Justin Herdman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Cleveland
Professor Amos Guiora, S.J. Quinney Law School, University of Utah
James J. Benjamin, Jr.; author, Human Rights First Report; Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Captain Glenn Sulmasy, Associate Professor of Law, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, author, National Security Court System

3:30-3:45 PM: Break

3:45-5:15 PM: Roundtable 4: Accountability for the Torture Memos

Moderator: Daniel Moulthrop, Producer/Host, National Public Radio, Cleveland, WCPN 90.3FM
Jordan J. Paust, Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law, University of Houston Law Center
Professor Stephanie Farrior, director, International & Comparative Law programs, Vermont Law School; former Chief Counsel, Amnesty International
Professor Julian Ku, Associate Dean, Hofstra University School of Law
Professor Cassandra Robertson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Michael P. Scharf, John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

5:15-6:00 PM: Reception

Publication – The symposium will be published in Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. Visit the journal website for information about single issue purchase and subscriptions.

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