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 Symposium06

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center War Crimes Research Symposium

Friday, October 6, 2006 * Moot Courtroom A59 * WEBCAST available for viewing on demand after the event.


Billed by the international media as the "real trial of the century," the televised proceedings in the first case before the Iraqi High Tribunal were punctuated by gripping testimony of atrocities, controversial judicial rulings, assassinations of defense counsel, resignation of judges, scathing outbursts, allegations of mistreatment by the defendants, hunger strikes, and even underwear appearances. Was it a mistake to try Saddam in Baghdad before a panel of Iraqi judges? Was the Iraqi High Tribunal a legitimate judicial institution? Were the proceedings fundamentally fair? Did the judges react properly to the defendantís attempts to derail the proceedings? Was the media coverage of the trial comprehensive and accurate? And what are the lessons for future war crimes trials? These questions will be addressed in a unique day-long symposium, one week before the judges announce their verdict in the Dujail Trial.

A special ceremony dedicating the Archives of the U.N. War Crimes Commission for the former Yugoslavia, donated by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, Chairman of the Commission, will precede the symposium. Tours of the archives (Library) and artifacts (Journal of International Law office) will be conducted during breaks.

Symposium Co-Chairs:
Professor Michael Scharf, Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case School of Law
Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association, London
Professor William Schabas, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway
Professor Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University Law School

SCHEDULE
Welcome and Introduction
Professor Michael Scharf, Case School of Law

Dedication of the U.N. War Crimes Commission Archives
Remarks by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, Chairman of the Commission

"Trying Saddam: An Insider's Perspective"
Speaker: Samir Sumaidaie, Iraqi Ambassador to the United States

"Preparing for the Mother of All Trials"
Moderator: Christopher Rassi, Associate Legal Officer, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul University College of LawChristopher Reid, former Director, Department of Justice Regime Crimes Liaison
Professor Michael Newton
Sandy Hodgkinson, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues
Professor Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University School of Law
Paul Wolf, Esq., International Human Rights Lawyer, who provides assistance to
Saddam Hussein's defense team

"Order in the Courtroom: The Challenges of Trying a Tyrant"
Moderator: Professor William Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway
Nehal Bhuta, International Trial Observer for Human Rights Watch
Mark Ellis, International Bar Association
Marieke Wierda, Senior Associate, International Center for
Transitional Justice

Debate: "Did Saddam Get a Fair Trial?"
Moderator: Gary Simson, Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor, Case School of Law

Arguing No:
- Kevin Jon Heller, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand
- Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Arguing Yes:
- Professor Michael Scharf, Case School of Law
- Professor Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University Law School

"Saddam on Stage: Assessing the Media Coverage of the Trial"
Moderator: Gregory McNeal, Assistant Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Senior Fellow in Terrorism and Homeland Security, Case School of Law
Ayad Rahim, Iraqi-Cleveland free-lance journalist, researcher & radio host
Simone Monasebian, Court TV Legal Analyst; former prosecutor, International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; former Principal Defender, Special Court
for Sierra Leone
Mark Ellis, Commentator for CNN International

"Lessons Learned from the Dujail Trial: A Cross-Fire Panel"
Moderator: Professor Michael Scharf, Case School of Law
Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul University College of Law
Professor David Crane, Syracuse University School of Law, former Chief
Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone
Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch
Professor Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Mark Ellis, International Bar Association
Sandy Hodgkinson, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Ambassador at Large
for War Crimes Issues
Professor William Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway

"Was the Dujail Trial the Trial of the Century?"
An open discussion/debate

Saturday, October 7, 2006 * 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Closed-door Experts Meeting for panelists, AIDP members, other invited experts


This symposium is Co-sponsored by the International Bar Association and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and is a Centennial Regional Meeting of the American Society of International Law, a Regional Conference of the International Law Association (American Branch), and the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section).

Publication - The symposium will be published in Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law Vol. 39. For single issue purchase info: http://www.law.case.edu/student_life/journals/jil/subscribe.htm
The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.