Robert Jackson presents an argument at the Nuremberg War Trials

Sixty Years After the Nuremberg Trials: Crimes Against Humanity and Peace - September 26-29, 2005 at Chautauqua Institution

Conference Schedule

PDF icon Conference Brochure ( PDF 175 KB)

Note: Program agenda, dates and times subject to change.

Conference Agenda

MONDAY, September 26, 2005 - Pre-Conference

5:30-6:30 PM Cocktail Hour
6:30-7:45 PM Dinner
8:00 PM - 8:45 PM (45 min - may go over if speaker wishes)
Reflections of Nuremberg 60 Years Later: A Conversation with Richard Sonnenfeldt, Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg trials (Public Program)

TUESDAY, September 27, 2005 - Day One

8:00 - 8:45 AM (45 min) Opening Convocation Breakfast
8:45 - 9:15 AM (30 min) Welcome and Introductions

9:15 - 10:00 AM (45 min) Convocation Speaker
Michael P. Scharf, Case Western Reserve Law School, co-founder of the Public International Law & Policy Group, Director of Case Western's Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and the War Crimes Research Office
Topic - Sixty Years after Nuremberg: The Living Legacy of Robert H. Jackson

10:00 - 10:15 AM (15 min) Break and transition
10:15 AM - noon (1 hr 45 min)

Panel Session 1:
Title - Nuremberg: Issues and Accomplishments


Lawrence Douglas, Chair, Department of Law, Amherst College, The Law and the Trials of the Holocaust
Michael Mandel, York University Osgoode Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Crimes Against Peace as Crimes Against Humanity: Justice Jackson's Case for America at Nuremberg versus the Aggressor Impunity of Modern International Criminal Law
Michael Marrus, Dean of Graduate Studies and the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto, A Jewish Lobby at Nuremberg

Panel Session 2:
Title: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, and Resolution


Itai Sneh, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY - Re-evaluating the Nuremberg Trials: What Truth Commissions Add
Farhad Malekian, Director, Institute of International Criminal Law, Uppsala, Sweden - Cultivating International Criminal Justice for the Prevention of Crimes Against Humanity and Peace
Terence Roehrig, Cardinal Stritch University, Department of Political Science - The Continuing Quest for Justice in Argentina

12:15 - 1:00 PM (45 min)     Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 PM (45 min)  Speaker
-- Henry King, former U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials
Title:  The Legacy of Nuremberg (Whitney Harris Lectureship)

1:45 - 2:00 PM     Break and transition
2:00 - 3:00 PM (60 min)

Panel Session 3:
Title: Spreading Democracy and Military Conflicts: Violation of Law?


Saby Ghoshray, VP, World Compliance Company - Analyzing Criminal Culpability of the Occupying Power in Military Conflicts: When Does Collateral Damage Rise to the Level of War Crime?
Oliver Benjamin Hemmerle, M.A. - Spreading Freedom and Democracy from 1776 to 2003: Forbidden by National/International Law?

Panel Session 4:
Title: Other Impacts of Nuremberg


Marcia Weiss, Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies, Point Park University - Evolution of Informed Consent: Lessons From Nuremberg
Marlene Warshawski Yahalom, Director of Education, American Society for Yad Vashem - Judgment After Nuremberg: Holocaust Education Through the Lens of Art-60 Years in the Making

3:00 - 3:15 PM (15 min)     Break and transition
3:15 - 4:15 PM (60 min)  Speaker
-- Robert Donihi
Title: Reminiscences of a Trial Lawyer: Tokyo, Nuremberg and Dachau
4:30 - 8:00 PM (3.5 hrs) Dinner excursion to the Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown, NY
Buses leave Athenaeum Hotel promptly at 4:30 PM
  • Tour
  • Cocktails and Buffet Dinner
Speaker:   Christoph Safferling
Title: German Perspective on Nuremberg and Its Legacy
9:00 - 11:00 PM (120 min)     After Dinner Discourse - Athenaeum Parlor

WEDNESDAY, September 28, 2005 - Day Two

8:00 - 8:45 AM (45 min)     Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 AM     Break and transition
9:00 - 10:45 AM (1 hr 45 min)

Panel Session 5:
Title: Perspectives on the International Criminal Court


Jason Ralph, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Leeds, UK - Between Cosmopolitan and American Democracy: Understanding US Opposition to the International Criminal Court
Steven T. Voigt, Esq., lawyer, Reed Smith LLP, and Executive Director, Foundations of Law PAC - An exposition on the International Criminal Court -- Its antagonism to constitutional due process and a just alternative
Raymond Brown, Seton Hall University - Nuremberg Principles Today and the International Criminal Court

Panel Session 6:
Title: Other Country Experiences with Modern International Law and Tribunals


Wanda Akin, Seton Hall University - The Special Court of Sierra Leone: Child or Stepchild of Nuremberg?
Joe Privett, SUNY Fredonia, Managing Genocide: The Rwandan Case
Tarunabh Khaitan, University of Oxford - Communal Violence in Gujarat, India (2002) and the International Criminal Court

10:45 - 11:00 AM (15 min)     Break and transition
11:00 - 11:45 AM (45 min)     Lt. Colonel Michael Newton, Former Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues; Law Department faculty, West Point Military Academy
Title: The Iraqi Special Tribunal -- Echoes of Nuremberg
11:45 - noon     Break and transition
Noon - 12:45 PM     Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 PM  Speaker
-- David Crane, Former Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, Syracuse University
Title: The Jackson Legacy in Jeopardy: International Criminal Law at a Crossroad

1:30 - 1:45 PM     Break and transition
1:45 - 3:00 PM (75 min)

Panel Session 7:
Title: War Trials Before Nuremberg


Alexander Prusin, Associate Professor of History, New Mexico Tech, Humanities Department, Socorro, NM - Seven Verdicts of the Najwyzszy Trybuna? Narodowy: Historical and Legal Aspects of Nazi War Crimes Trials in Poland, 1946 1948
Gregory Topalian, Director, the Gomidas Institute (UK) - The Use of War Trials in the Denial of Genocide, Turkish War Crime Trials of 1919

Panel Session 8:
Title: Morality and International Law


Mark Rigstad, Department of Philosophy, Oakland University - The Moral Personality of States: A Critique
Celise Schneider, Penn State Erie-Behrend - A Terrible Love of Freedom
Randall Dipert, C.S. Professor of American Philosophy, University at Buffalo --Morality, War, and the Moral Aftermath of War

3:00 - 3:15 PM (15 min)     Break and transition
3:15 - 4:00 PM   Speaker
-- John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law, St. John's University, Lenna Fellow - Robert H. Jackson Center
Title: Architect and Audience(s): Justice Jackson's Nuremberg, Across the United Nations and in the United States

4:00 - 4:15 PM (15 min)     Break and transition
4:15 - 5:00 PM (45 min)  Speaker
-- Geoffrey Robertson, QC
Title: Nuremberg: The Legend and the Legacy

5:00 - 5:30 PM (30 min)     Cocktails
5:30 - 6:45 PM (75 min)     Dinner
6:45 - 7:15 PM (30 min)  Speaker
-- Whitney Harris, former prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials
Title: Tyranny on Trial

8:00 - 10:00 PM     Feature Program
Abby Mann's 'Judgement at Nuremberg' - discussion, with remarks by Film Director and screen writer Abby Mann via telephone conference; musical interludes by the Fredonia Faculty Brass Quintet; presentation by John Q. Barrett, Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center; and reading of Justice Jackson's Opening Statement at Nuremberg by Theatre Department Chair James Ivey.  (Public Program)


THURSDAY, September 29, 2005 -- Day Three

8:00 - 8:45 AM     Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00 AM     Break and transition
9:00 - 9:45 AM (45 min)  Speaker
-- Eric Posner, Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Title: The Limits of International Criminal Law

9:45 - 10:00 AM     Break and transition
10:00 - 11:45 AM (1 hr 45 min)

Panel Session 9:
Title: Alternatives to Trials


Clifford Bob, Duquesne University - What Price Justice? Prosecution vs. Peace in War-Torn Societies
Lyn S. Graybill, Ph.D., Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology - Africa's Contribution to International Jurisprudence: Restorative Justice
Alberto Costi, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand - Sixty Years after Nuremberg: Is the Replacement of Truly International Criminal Tribunals by Hybrid Tribunals a Valid Alternative for the Prosecution of International Crimes?
Aaron Fichtelberg, University of Delaware - Due Process and International Courts: The Rights of the Accused and the Rights of Humanity

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM     Closing Remarks
  • Dennis L. Hefner, President, SUNY Fredonia
  • Gregory Peterson, President, Robert H. Jackson Center
[ Back to Top ]

Questions? E-mail:
SUNY Fredonia - E230 Thompson Hall - Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3528 | Fax: (716) 673-3802
Jackson Symposium Home