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The 12th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

Sunday, August 26 - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

About the Dialogues

For over a decade, International Prosecutors, Ambassadors, diplomats, human rights leaders, and legal scholars from around the world have come together to explore the importance of International Humanitarian Law, discuss its current implementation, and promote its expansion across the globe. As a unique force in the quest to bring Justice and increase Accountability worldwide, the distinguished attendees play an integral part in furthering a mission that is paramount to promoting fundamental human rights and the rule of law.

August 26-28, 2018 | Is the Justice We Seek the Justice They Want?

Cultural Approaches to International Justice.


Held at the Chautauqua Institution, a renowned arts and cultural community located in upstate New York, the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs are hosted by Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The Syracuse University School of Law. The Dialogs, year after year, have brought together the current and former Chief Prosecutors from The International Criminal Court, The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and other leading scholars and professionals in the field of International Humanitarian Law.

For More Information

Logistics and Information Contact: Ted Parran, IHL Dialogues Coordinator
Public Admittance: public attendance registrations are available on request to the Dialogues Coordinator if space is available at time of request
Lodging: Athenaeum Hotel
Hotel Phone: 1-800-821-1881
Email: athenaeum@ciweb.org
Details: Dialogues Attendees eligible for group rate (limited space available) - contact the hotel for availability and pricing.

Event Location
Chautauqua Institution
1 Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, New York 14722

Sunday, August 26th, 2018
2:00 pm
Review of “500 years” with the Executive Producer, Paco de Unis with panel. Introduction by James Johnson
5:30 pm
Reception and Dinner hosted by the Robert H. Jackson Center (Invitation Only)
6:45 pm
The Heintz Award Ceremony including commentary by the recipients:
Allyson Caeson, Stop Torture Now-North Carolina and Christina Cowger, North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture. Presented by Joshua Heintz.

Monday, August 27th, 2018
9:00 am
Welcome - Chautauqua Institution, Fletcher Hall
9:15 am
The Impunity Watch Essay Contest Award Ceremony
9:25 am
Morning Keynote Address
10:30 am
Reflections by the current Prosecutors.
Moderated by Dean Michael Scharf
12:15 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
Midday Keynote:
The Clara Barton Lecture: Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of Guantanamo Diary. Introduction by Koby Langley, American Red Cross.
2:30 pm
Roundtable: Is the Justice We Seek the Justice They Want?
Panelists:
Catherine Read, NCCIT
Curt Goering, CVT
Fatou Bensouda, ICC
Zainab Bangura
4:15 pm
Porch Session for Students. Prosecutors and students
6:30 pm
Dinner
7:30 pm
Evening Keynote:
Katherine B. Fite Lecture

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
7:45 am
Breakfast with the prosecutors
8:00 am
Breakfast Presentation:
Jennifer Trahan, "The illegality of the veto in the face of atrocity crimes and the need for an ICJ advisory opinion."
9:00 am
Year in Review, presented by. Prof. Valerie Oosterveld, University of Western Ontario
11:00 am
Porch Breakout Sessions:
#1: Victims of War Crimes - Child Soldiers: Hosted by PILPG, with Paul Williams, Zainab Bangura, Ishmael Beah.
#2: Victims of War Crimes - Syria-The Caesar Report: Hosted by the American Bar Association with David Crane, Stephen Rapp.
#3: Victims of War Crimes - Torture Victims: Hosted by the NCCIT, Stop Torture Now-North Carolina, and North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture.
#4: TBD: Hosted by the INTLAWGRRLS
12:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm
Midday Keynote:
Ishmael Beah, author of "A Long Way Gone"
2:30 pm
Issuance of 12th Chautauqua Declaration. Moderated by American Bar Association
3:00 pm
Closing of the The 12th IHL Dialogs
5:00 pm
Dinner Cruise sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Hosted by Dean Michael Scharf. (Invitation Only)
  • The American Bar Association
  • The American Red Cross
  • The American Society of International Law
  • The Athenaeum Hotel
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Frederick K. Cox Center
  • Impunity Watch
  • The Chautauqua Institution The International Bar Association
  • IntLawGrrls
  • New York University Center for Global Affairs
  • The Planethood Foundation
  • The Public International Law and Policy Group
  • The Robert H. Jackson Center
  • Syracuse University School of Law
  • The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and in Association with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Professor David Crane, Syracuse University School of Law and formerly Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, United Nations
  • Dean Michael Scharf, Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Joseph C. Hostetler Professor of Law, and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
  • Elizabeth Andersen, Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
  • Anna Cave, Director of the Ben Ferencz International Justice Initiative at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Professor Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute
  • Christie Edwards, Director of International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross
  • Mark Agrast, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the American Society for International Law
  • Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association
  • Donald Ferencz, Executive Director of The Planethood Foundation
  • James Johnson, Adjunct Professor of International Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson Center, and former Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Susan Moran Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackson Center
  • Professor Leila Sadat, James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at Washington University School of Law, Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, and Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor
  • Professor Milena Sterio, Associate Dean of Cleveland-Marshal College of Law, Charles R. Emrick Jr. – Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, and Co-Editor of IntLawGrrls Blog
  • Professor Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Associate Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs
  • Paul Williams, President of the Public International Law & Policy Group and Rebecca I. Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations at American University Washington College of Law
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