The world has reached a nadir for human suffering. Social media is spreading incitement like wildfire. The Security Council is paralyzed by the veto. And the International Criminal Court is under attack by friends and foe alike. How should International Law and Justice respond? That is the question at the heart of a unique international conference featuring two dozen of the world’s foremost experts at atrocity law and policy, held at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on September 20, 2019. The keynote speaker is Sean Murphy, the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at George Washington University, President of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the U.N. International Law Commission, where he serves as special rapporteur for crimes against humanity. He is an award-winning author and has served as Legal Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, where he argued several cases before the International Court of Justice and represented the United States in matters before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The Conference is organized by the Law School’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. It has been designated by the International Law Association as “International Law Midwest” and is co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, the International Association of Penal Law, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, the International Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers’ Group.
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