Join us for the AIDP American Nat’l Section Conference – Sept. 28

To Prevent and to Punish

Friday, September 28, 2007

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

* Moot Courtroom (A59) Case Western Reserve University School of Law

11075 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

* The symposium will be webcast live and available after for viewing on demand at

Sixty years ago, on June 11, 1947, Raphael Lemkin, working with the U.N. Secretariat legal staff, completed the first draft of the Genocide Convention, launching the intense negotiations that would conclude in the U.N.’s adoption of the Convention in December 1948. Today, the Genocide Convention has 137 parties, and after years of dormancy, the Convention has become an important legal tool in the international effort to end impunity for the worst crime known to humankind. The past year alone has witnessed important cases based on the Genocide Convention before the International Court of Justice, the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, and the domestic courts of several countries. To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the negotiation of the Genocide Convention, the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University is hosting a major international symposium featuring two-dozen of the world’s leading academic experts, high level government officials, and most distinguished jurists and practitioners in the field.   This symposium is serving as the annual meeting of the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section).  Articles generated by the speakers will be published in a special double issue of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious international law publications.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  Registration & Coffee

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. President’s Welcome
Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University
Prof. Michael Scharf, Cox Center Director, Case Western Reserve University
Presentation of AIDP Book and Article of the Year Award
Prof. Michael Kelly, Creighton University 

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  “A History of Genocide” Introduction: Prof. Kenneth Ledford, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Juan E. Méndez, former U.N. Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; President, International Center for Transitional Justice

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Coffee Break

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  “The Origins of the Genocide Convention: From Nuremberg to Lake Success” Chair: Don Ferencz, Director of the Planethood Foundation Ben Ferencz, former Nuremberg Prosecutor Prof. Henry King, former Nuremberg Prosecutor

Prof. William Schabas, National University of Ireland, Irish Centre for Human Rights, author of Genocide: The Crime of Crimes

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  “Prevention: A Cross-Fire Exchange on Use of Force to stop Genocide” Chair: Prof. Melissa Waters, Vanderbilt University School of Law (Visiting) Roy Gutman, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Foreign Editor, McClatchy Newspapers Prof. Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University School of Law Prof. David Scheffer, Northwestern University School of Law, former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues

Prof. Paul Williams, American University Washington College of Law

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Pick up Complimentary Lunch12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Speaker Introduction: Dean Gary Simson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Speaker: Robert Petit, Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

1:30 p.m. -1:45 p.m.  Coffee Break

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  “Prosecuting Genocide” Chair: Prof. William Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania School of Law Eric Blinderman, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Embassy Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad Prof. David Crane, former Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Christine Chung, appointed by the International Criminal Court to prosecute its first case Hon. Ra’ad Juhi, former Chief Investigative Judge, Iraqi High Tribunal

Robert Petit, Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  “Defending Individuals Accused of Genocide” Chair: Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association Stuart Alford, Queen’s Counsel Nicholas Stewart, Defense Counsel for Momcilo Krajišnik Prof. Elies van Sliedregt, Vrije University, Amsterdam Mischa Wladimiroff, Defense Counsel for Slobodan Milosevic

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Coffee Break

4:45 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.  “Judging Genocide: A Roundtable Discussion of the International Court of Justice and Genocide” Chair: Prof. Christopher Joyner, Georgetown University Prof. Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University College of Law Asst. Dean Michael Peil, Washington University School of Law Prof. John Quigley, Ohio State University School of Law, Counsel in the Bosnia Genocide Case before the ICJ

Prof. Leila Sadat, Washington University School of Law

5:55 p.m. Closing Remarks
Prof. Michael Scharf

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Reception in the RotundaSymposium Registration – The symposium is free and open to the public, with complimentary lunch for all registered participants. To register, FAX name & full contact information to (216) 368-1430. Include symposium name/date of event on the fax or call (216) 368-6619. Registration deadline: September 14, 2007. Space is limited.

CLE Registration – 7.25 hours CLE credit available to lawyers who attend
(Supreme Court of Ohio does not grant credit for a lunch speaker; that session isn’t counted in the total)
To obtain CLE credit hours, send a check for $200.00, payable to Case Western Reserve University, to “War Crimes Symposium,” Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. Registration deadline: September 14, 2007. Space is limited.

Publication – The symposium will be published in Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law Vol. 40.  Visit the journal website for information about single issue purchase and subscriptions.

Accommodations – For your reference, the nearest hotels are: Glidden House Inn (216) 231-8900 and Intercontinental Suites Hotel & Conference Center (216) 707-4300. There is no official hotel for the symposium, however, visitor information and other area hotel listings can be found at