CHAUTAUQUA - The fifth annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, co-sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center, is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg through present day who represent tribunals held in Rwanda, Germany, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, The Hague, Cambodia, and the former Yugoslavia.
The prosecutors will be joined by leading professionals in the international humanitarian law field. The 2011 installation of the Dialogs, being held Aug. 28-30 at the Chautauqua Institution, will focus on the theme, Widespread & Systematic: Crimes Against Humanity in the Shadow of Modern International Criminal Law.
The sessions are free and open to the public (with the exception of meals). For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.
Some of the highlights of the Dialogs will include updates from the current prosecutors, a panel on crimes against humanity initiative, a year-in-review of the international criminal courts, special small break-out sessions on a variety of focused topics, and the issuance of a fifth Chautauqua Declaration by all the prosecutors in attendance. In addition, there will be a special film presentation of "The Response" at 2 p.m. on Aug. 28 at the Chautauqua Cinema (tickets are available for purchase directly at the theater). The film, a courtroom drama, is based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals and will be attended by writer/producer/actor Sig Libowitz and actor Peter Riegert.
Justice Robert H. Jackson was United States chief prosecutor of the principal Nazi war criminals at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, during 1945-46. The Dialogs honor the legacy of Nuremberg as the first successful international effort to hold individuals criminally responsible for planning and waging aggressive war, committing war crimes and committing crimes against humanity. It founded the era of international criminal law and set standards that guide international prosecutors today. This event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: American Society of International Law (ASIL), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Chautauqua County Occupancy Tax, Chautauqua Institution, the Enough! Project, Gebbie Foundation, IntLawGrrls, Jefferson Educational Society, Johnson Foundation, Planethood Foundation, Robert H. Jackson Center, Syracuse University College of Law, TitanX Engine Cooling, Washington University School of Law's Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.