INSCT Faculty Member David M. Crane, a Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law, is set to host fellow international prosecutors in a celebration of a decade of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Dialogs. The 10th IHL Dialogs will be held on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, 2016, in Nuremberg, Germany, where 70 years ago this year the judgment was handed down in the storied International Military Tribunal (IMT), held after World War II. The keynote address will be given by US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.
The Dialogs are held in association with the city of Nuremberg, the Memoriam Nuremberg Trials, and the Documentation Center, which is on the site of the notorious Nazi Party Rally Grounds, a part of the city’s extensive WWII museum complex. Along with other sponsors listed below, the Dialogs are supported by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Crane, former Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court of Sierra Leone, is founder of the Dialogs, which previously have been held at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. For 10 years the Dialogs have gathered current and former prosecutors of war crimes tribunals and other postconflict justice mechanisms, as well as renowned academics and international law experts, to discuss pressing issues in international criminal law.
The topic of this year’s event is “A Lasting Legacy for the Future.” It will be opened—in the Nuremberg Trials Courtroom 600, where the IMT took place—by the Lord Mayor of Nuremberg, Dr. Ulrich Maly, and Bavarian State Minister of the Interior, Construction, and Transportation Joachim Hermann
In addition to Lynch, other renowned speakers will be Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and Joseph F. Kamara, Attorney General for the Republic of Sierra Leone and former Deputy Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Additional highlights are a Prosecutor Roundtable, with the current chief prosecutors of the international criminal tribunals, and a panel discussion on German Perspectives on the Prosecution of Nazi Crimes.
Sponsoring organizations for the 10th IHL Dialogs are the American Bar Association; the American Red Cross; the American Society of International Law; Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center; Impunity Watch; the International Bar Association; intlawgrrls; New York University Center for Global Affairs; the Planethood Foundation; the Public International Law and Policy Group; the Robert H. Jackson Center; Syracuse University College of Law; and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law.