Lectures & Events

Corporations on Trial: International Criminal and Civil Liability for Corporations for Human Rights Violations

Friday, September 15, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Approved for 6.25 hours of in-person CLE credit
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court recently announced that she is interested in pursuing indictments against corporations for crimes against humanity, and the U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments this fall on whether corporations can be sued for human rights violations.


To address these groundbreaking developments, and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, CWRU School of Law is pleased to be hosting a major international conference at which leading experts from around the world will examine various approaches that have been undertaken to deter, punish, and redress human rights abuses by corporations.  

Speaker Information Hon. Thomous Buergenthal
Former Judge of the International Court of Justice

Ambassador David Scheffer
Former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues

Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

8:45 am – 9:00 am
Dean’s Introduction
Michael P. Scharf, CWRU School of Law
9:00 am – 9:45 am
Keynote Speech
Professor Thomas Buergenthal Lobingier Professor Emeritus of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, George Washington University
9:45 am – 10:00 am

Morning Panels

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Panel 1 - Developments in international criminal law in addressing corporate human rights violations
Chair: Professor James Johnson, Case Western Reserve University
Professor Sara Beale, Duke University
Dean Michael Kelly, Creighton University
Professor Carsten Stahn, Leiden University
Dean Milena Sterio, Cleveland State University 
11:30 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Panel 2 - Ethical principles and corporate social responsibility as limits on corporate human rights violations 
Chair: Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson, Case Western Reserve University
Professor Kish Parella, Washington & Lee University 
Professor Caroline Kaeb, University of Connecticut
Professor David Nersessian, Babson College
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch Address - 

Ambassador David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law; Director, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Afternoon Panels
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Panel 3 - Comparative perspectives on using civil litigation to address corporate human rights violations 
Chair: Professor Tim Webster - Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Anthony Colangelo, Southern Methodist University
Prof. Ursula Doyle, Northern Kentucky University
Dr. Jonas Grimheden, E.U. Agency for Fundamental Rights 
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Concluding Remarks
Professor Avidan Cover, Case Western Reserve University
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