Litigating World War II
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
This lecture examines current litigation over war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights abuses committed during the second world war.
World War II ended over 70 years ago, yet attempts to obtain war reparations continue unabated with dozens of lawsuits filed in China, Japan, and South Korea against Japanese companies and government with mixed results. In contrast, World War II litigation in the U.S. has led to multi-billion dollar settlements by European governments and corporations.
Professor Tim Webster will examine the current status of these cases and examine the underlying reasons for the different outcomes.
Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Tim Webster is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Asian Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on the intersection of international law and the domestic legal systems of China and Japan. He has testified before Congress, written for the popular media, and published articles on international trade, investment, human rights, and dispute resolution, most recently in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Michigan Journal of International Law, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and others.
Webster is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Public Intellectuals Fellow with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He has won grants from the Asia Foundation and Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris, Dauphine, and National Taiwan University a visiting scholar at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China and a legal consultant to the International Law Institute (Kampala). Before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve, Webster was a lecturer at Yale Law School, senior fellow at Yale's China Center, law clerk to Judge Joseph L. Tauro (D. Mass.), and a lawyer in the Tokyo and New York offices of Morrison Foerster.
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