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The International Humanitarian Law Dialogues

Sunday, August 27 - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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 27-29, 2017 | Changing Times: New Opportunities for International Justice and Accountability

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 27th, 2017
2:00 pm
Film preview: “Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity” Panel moderated by Leila Sadat
4:30 pm
Movement to Robert H. Jackson Center
5:15 pm
Reception and Dinner hosted by the Robert H. Jackson Center
6:45 pm
The Heintz Award Ceremony, recipient: Zainab Bangura, former UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict and former Foreign Minister for Sierra Leone
7:00 pm
Keynote Address:
Zainab Bangura, former UN SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict and former Foreign Minister for Sierra Leone
About 7:45 pm
Return to the hotel and informal reception on the porches

Monday, August 28th, 2017
7:30 am
Breakfast with the Prosecutors
8:30 am
Movement to Fletcher Hall
9:00 am
Welcome
9:15 am
The Impunity Watch Essay Contest Award Ceremony
9:25 am
Keynote Address: The Clara Barton Lecture:
Secretary General IFRC, Eladji As Sy. Introduced by The American Red Cross
10:00 am
Break
10:30 am
Reflections by the current Prosecutors. Moderated by Dean Michael Scharf.
12:00 pm
Movement to the Hotel
12:30 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm
Luncheon Address:
Andrew Cayley, Former Chief Prosecutor ECCC: Domestic Investigation of Allegations against UK Forces of War Crimes in Iraq. Introduced by Mark Agrast, American Society of International Law
2:00 pm
Break and movement to Fletcher Hall
8:30 am
Roundtable: Changing Times: New Opportunities for International Justice and Accountability
Moderator: Mark Drumbl
Panelists:
Valerie Oosterveld
BG Mark Martins
Judge Duncan Gaswaga
Syria Independent Mechanism Rep (TBD)
Robert Petit
4:00 pm
Movement to Hotel
4:15 pm
Porch Session. Prosecutors and students
6:00 pm
Reception on the porches
6:30 pm
Dinner
7:30 pm
Address: Katherine B. Fite Lecture:
ICC Judge Christine Wyngaert. Introduction by IntLawGrrls
8:30 pm
Informal reception on the porches. Music provided by Dean Michael Scharf and others.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
7:45 am
Breakfast with the Prosecutors
8:00 am
Breakfast Presentation:
Jennifer Trahan, "The Future of International Justice" - a report of findings as to potential future scenarios for the field. Introduced by Margaret M. deGuzman, Temple University, Beasley School of Law.
9:00 am
Prosecutors draft the 11th Chautauqua Declaration (Private)
9:00 am
Year in review presented by Milena Sterio
10:30 am
Break
11:00 am
Porch Breakout Sessions:
Hybrid Courts: Duncan Gaswaga and Paul Williams
Military Commissions: BG Mark Martins and James Johnson
Accountability Center vs. Tribunals: David Crane and Bill Schabas
TBD, Coordinated by IntLawGrrls and USHMM
12:30 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm
Panel discussion and book rollout: “The Founders: How four individuals created modern international law.” Moderated by Leila Sadat
2:00 pm
Break
2:30 pm
The issuance of the 11th Chautauqua Declaration. Moderated by ABA
3:00 pm
The 11th IHL Dialogs conclude
5:00 pm
Dinner Cruise sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Hosted by Dean Michael Scharf. (Invitation Only) Reception on the porches follows
Draft Program (as of 10 July 2017)
  • 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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