Where should the line be drawn between “just war” and “war crime”? That is the question at the heart of the upcoming day-long AIDP American National Section’s annual conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Friday, September 26.
The conference features two dozen of the world’s foremost experts in this area, including: President of the International Criminal Court Assembly of State Parties Christian Wenaweser; Former Nuremberg Prosecutors Henry King and Ben Ferencz; Former Deputy Legal Adviser, UK Foreign Ministry (who resigned over the invasion of Iraq), Elizabeth Wilmshurst; Former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues David Scheffer; Former Chair of the ICC Statute Drafting Committee Cherif Bassiouni; Executive Director of the International Bar Association Mark Ellis; Former Commissioner of the Sierra Leone Truth Commission Bill Schabas; and academic experts from, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Liechtenstein, New Zealand and the United States.
The Conference, and an Experts Meeting the following day, is designed to advance the work of the International Criminal Court Assembly of State Parties Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, and the report of the Experts Meeting, along with the articles generated from the conference, will be published in the spring 2009 issue of the Case Western Journal of International Law.
The September 26 Conference is free and open to the public, and complementary lunch is provided if you register in advance. In addition, 7.0 hours of CLE credit is available ($200 fee). For a schedule of events and on line registration, please visit: http://law.case.edu/lectures. If you can’t make it to Case for the conference next week, you can view the proceedings live (or at any time) via webcast at that same URL.
The Conference is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law, International Bar Association, International Association of Penal Law, International Law Association, the Planethood Foundation, the Robert H. Jackson Center, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Wolf Family Foundation.