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Frederick K. Cox International Law Center War Crimes Research Symposium
Co-sponsored by
Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence & Institute for Global Security Law and Policy and American Society of International Law American Bar Association, International Education Committee International Association of Penal Law, American National Section International Law Association, American Branch Public International Law and Policy Group and Made possible by a generous grant from the Wolf Family Foundation
SEP 10, 2010
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)

“Our Strength as a nation state will continue to be challenged by those who employ a strategy of the weak using international fora, judicial processes, and terrorism.”
- Department of Defense, The National Defense Strategy of the United States of America (2005)

“‘We face three major strategic challenges,’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said recently. ‘The Iranian nuclear program, rockets aimed at our civilians and Goldstone.’”
- New York Times, January 23, 2010

Please join us for the first major academic symposia dedicated to exploring the concept of “Lawfare.” Traditionally “Lawfare” was defined as “a strategy of using—or misusing—law as a substitute for traditional military means to achieve an operational objective.” But lately, commentators and governments have applied the concept to International Criminal Tribunals, the defense counsel’s tactics challenging the detention of al Qaeda suspects in Guantanamo Bay and, as indicated in the quote above, to the controversial Goldstone Commission Report. This Conference and Experts Meeting, featuring two-dozen leading academics, practitioners, and former government officials from all sides of the political spectrum, will examine the usefulness and appropriate application of the “Lawfare” concept.
Speaker Information
William AcevesProfessor William J. Aceves
Associate Dean, California Western School of Law

Laurie BlankProfessor Laurie Blank
Emory University School of Law

David CraneProfessor David Crane
Syracuse University School of Law
founding Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone

Gen. DunlapMajor General Charles Dunlap, Jr.
Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force

David FraktProfessor David Frakt
Barry University School of Law
former Lead Defense Counsel, Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay

Sandra HodgkinsonSandra Hodgkinson
former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs
U.S. Department of Defense

Scott HortonScott Horton
Contributing Editor, Harpers Magazine
Lecturer, Columbia Law School

Michael LebowitzMichael Lebowitz
Prosecutor, Office of Military Commissions, Guantanamo Bay

Jens MeierhenrichProfessor Jens Meierhenrich
London School of Economics & Political Science
author, Lawfare: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Rwanda

Michael NewtonProfessor Michael Newton
Vanderbilt University Law School

Hon. James OgoolaHon. James Ogoola, Principal Judge
Ugandan High Court

Robert PetitRobert Petit
Counsel, War Crimes Section
Federal Department of Justice, Canada
former International Prosecutor, Cambodia Tribunal

Leila Nadya SadatProfessor Leila Nadya Sadat
Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)

William SchabasProfessor William Schabas
Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway

David SchefferAmb. David Scheffer
Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues

Susan TiefenbrunProfessor Susan Tiefenbrun
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Melissa WatersProfessor Melissa Waters
Washington University School of Law (St. Louis)

Wouter WernerProfessor Wouter Werner
VU University, Amsterdam

Paul WilliamsProfessor Paul Williams
American University
Exec. Dir., Public International Law and Policy Group

Additional Information
Open to the public at no cost.

6.0 hours CLE credit will be available for a $200 fee to lawyers who attend.

At one-hour CLE activities, Ohio Supreme Court regulations require attorneys to be present for the entire hour to obtain credit. Therefore, registration for one-hour lectures will close at the time the event is scheduled to start. Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, but we cannot submit CLE credit for late arrivals.

At events longer than one hour, we will submit credit based on an attorney’s arrival time and duration of attendance, but no less than the minimum of one full hour of attendance.

We encourage attendees to arrive at registration 20 minutes prior to the start of a lecture to sign in, obtain materials, and be seated.

There is no law school parking, however, public parking, for a fee, is available in the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking underground garage. Also, meter parking might be available.

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Supplemental Readings:
· Lawfare! Agenda-Speaker Bios
· Lawfare! Bibliography
· Lawfare: A Decisive Element of 21st-Cent Conflicts?
· Terrorists Should Be Tried In Court
· Belgium’s Universal Jurisdiction Law
· NGO Lawfare
· Kinder, Gentler Lawfare
· Lawfare Redux
· Bush’s war on the rule of law
· Westphalia
· Reconsidering Reprisals
· Understanding the Goldstone Report
· Somali Piracy
· Decoding Int'l Law
· Challenges of 21st Cent Conflicts

Listen to an Audio broadcast: "Is Lawfare a Useful Term?"

Recording in any form is prohibited.

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