Lectures & Events

The 13th International Humanitarian Law Roundtable

Sunday, August 25 - Tuesday, August 27, 2019

About the Roundtable

The Law Roundtable (formerly Dialogs) is an historic gathering of current and former international war crimes tribunal prosecutors, renowned academics, and legal experts, who are invited to speak on current issues centered on a theme. This year’s Roundtable returns to Chautauqua, New York, to continue the tradition started over a decade ago. Since the first IHL Dialogs in August 2007, the conference continues to reach a wider audience allowing for meaningful discussions concerning contemporary international criminal law. After 12 years of successful Dialogs, we are revamping the format; this year marks the inaugural Roundtable, chaired by Prosecutor Brenda J. Hollis. While we will continue to host speakers for keynote addresses, the primary focus is on the breakout sessions, which will create the Chautauqua Principles issued at the Roundtable's conclusion.

The Third Wave – Adapting Modern ICL to 21st Century Realities

Cultural Approaches to International Justice.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law hosts this event at the Chautauqua Institution, a renowned arts and cultural community located in upstate New York. Year after year, current and former Chief Prosecutors from The International Criminal Court, The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and other leading scholars and professionals come together to discuss the ever evolving field of International Humanitarian Law.

For More Information

Logistics and Information Contact: Molly White, IHL Roundtable Coordinator
Public Admittance: public attendance registrations are available upon request to the Roundtable coordinator
Lodging: Athenaeum Hotel
Hotel Phone: 1-800-821-1881
Email: athenaeum@ciweb.org
Details: Dialogues Attendees eligible for group rate (limited space available) - contact the hotel for availability and pricing
Event Location
Chautauqua Institution
1 Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, New York 14722

Sunday, August 25th, 2019
4:00 pm
Movement to Robert H. Jackson Center
5:00 pm
Reception and Dinner hosted by the Robert H. Jackson Center.
The Heintz Humanitarian Award Ceremony, recipient Irwin Cotler.
Musical Program by Samite and interview of Samite by Greg Peterson.
About 10:00 pm
Return to the hotel and informal reception on the porches

Monday, August 26th, 2019
7:30 am
Breakfast with the Prosecutors
9:00 am
Welcome and Keynote Address, Navi Pillay
10:00 am
10:30 am
Benjamin B. Ferencz Prosecutor’s Update and Commentary
11:30 am
Roundtable convenes, Chaired by Brenda J. Hollis
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
Lunch Keynote: The Clara Barton Lecture: Herman von Hebel
1:45 pm
Porch breakout sessions convene

  1. Future of Courts and Tribunals
  2. The New Way, Mechanisms
  3. The Rising Tide, Grass-root Efforts
  4. Back to the Future, Impact of Nationalism/Populism
5:00 pm
Porch breakout sessions conclude
6:00 pm
Reception on the porches
6:45 pm
7:30 pm
Dinner Keynote: Katherine B. Fite Lecture: Invited Fatou Bensouda
8:30 pm
Informal reception on the porches. Music provided by Dean Michael Scharf and others

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
7:45 am
Breakfast with the Prosecutors
8:00 am
Breakfast program: New Initiatives
9:15 am
Year in review: Presented by Mark Drumbl
10:00 am
10:15 am
Roundtable reconvenes
12:15 pm
Roundtable closes
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
Lunch presentation. Mark Ellis, International Bar Association, Eyewitness to Atrocities Project
2:00 pm
The issuance of the Chautauqua Principles and conclusion of the Roundtable
5:00 pm
Dinner Cruise sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Informal reception on the porches follows.
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