JAMESTOWN - The Robert H. Jackson Center co-sponsored the fourth annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs (IHLD) Aug. 30-31. Held at the Chautauqua Institution, the IHLD is a gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg through present day who represent tribunals held in Rwanda, Germany, Sierra Leone, The Hague, Cambodia, and the former Yugoslavia. Eleven prosecutors from around the world were joined by leading professionals in the legal and academic fields to focus on this year's theme, "Reflections on Crimes Against Peace: Agg-ression in the 21st Century."
Highlights from this year's Dialogs included a rousing keynote address by Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz, updates from the prosecutors of current tribunals, reports on the recent international criminal law Review Conference in Kampala, as well as, for the first time, break-out sessions with the prosecutors in small groups to discuss, "The Child as Combatant," "Reflections on Nuremberg: Aggression," "Gender Crimes" and "Diamonds, Guns, and Thugs: Business Liability for International Crimes." Clips of the proceedings, as well as the roundtable discussions and much more can be viewed on the "RobertHJacksonCenter" YouTube channel.
The 2010 Law Dialogs culminated with the signing of the Fourth Chautauqua Declaration, moderated by Diane Marie Amann from the American Society of International Law (ASIL). The Declaration is a joint statement by the prosecutors that rededicates their efforts in humanitarian law and their pleas for international cooperation to achieve global justice.
The Declaration was signed in mutual witness by: Fatou Bensouda (ICC), Serge Brammertz (ICTY), H. W. William Caming (IMT, Nuremberg), Andrew Cayley (ECCC), David M. Crane (SCSL), Benjamin Ferencz (IMT, Nuremberg), Richard Goldstone (ICTR; ICTY), Brenda Hollis (SCSL) (Signed for by James Johnson), Bongani Majola (ICTR), Robert Petit (ECCC)
Full biographies of each prosecutor, schedule from the conference, copy of the Fourth Chautauqua Declaration, slideshow and more are available on the website at www.roberthjackson.org or look for us on "Facebook." IT also has information on previous installations of the Dialogs. The 2010 Law Dialogs were co-sponsored by: the Robert H. Jackson Center; the American Society of International Law; the Gebbie Foundation; Planethood Foundation; Chautauqua Institution; Chautauqua County; the Robert H. Jackson Center; Syracuse University College of Law; The Enough! Project; IntLawGrrls; the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University's School of Law; the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University Law.