Cornell International Law Journal is proud to announce its
 Spring Symposium 2005:

"Milosevic and Hussein on Trial
(Video Archive of Symposium)

     Our Symposium takes a detailed and comprehensive look at the two "trials of the century" with a focus on the special challenges of prosecuting and defending former heads of state. The discussion will include a wide range of issues pertaining to the proceedings, such as forum selection and its implications, evidentiary rules, rights of the accused, and social and political effects of the trials. A comparative look at the two special tribunals trying Milosevic and Hussein raises the broader question of whether global justice can be universal, or whether it should remain context-specific.

February 25-26, 2005
Ithaca, New York

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(Free & Open to the Public)

Video Archive of Symposium

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Cornell International Law Journal
 Spring Symposium 2005:
"Milosevic and Hussein on Trial"



GEOFFREY ROBERTSON QC is a legendary international human rights lawyer and author. He currently serves as a judge in the Appeals Chamber at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he was also appointed as the first president. He is the author of the widely acclaimed Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice (2nd ed, 2002). His forthcoming book, The Tyrranicide Brief is a study of how Cromwell's lawyers prepared the first war crimes trial of a head of state.

He represented Human Rights Watch in the proceedings against former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and has led the prosecution against Malawi's former head of state Hastings Banda.

Mr. Robertson's illustrious career includes numerous landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law all over the world, including the ICTY, the European Court of Human Rights, the House of Lords, the Privy Council and Commonwealth courts. He has acted for prominent international figures such as Salman Rushdie and Vaclav Havel, as well as for US companies before Commonwealth courts: Dow Jones Inc., CNN, Washington Post, New York Times and other US publishers and journalists.

He has also defended Irish defendants accused in IRA terrorist trials in London. In the 1980s he led Amnesty International human rights missions to South Africa and Vietnam. In 1990 he served as counsel to the Royal Commission investigating trafficking in arms and mercenaries to the Columbian drugs cartels. His numerous publications include classic works on civil liberty and media law: Media Law (4th ed, 2002, with Andrew Nicol), Freedom, the Individual and the Law (8th ed 1993), People Against the Press (1983), and a memoir, The Justice Game (1999). His play, The Trials of Oz, won a BAFTA Best Play nomination for 1991. He was the recipient of a 1993 Freedom of Information Award for his writing and broadcasting on human rights issues. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers in London, and Visiting Professor in Human Rights Law at University of London (Birkbeck College).

PAYAM AKHAVAN served as Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICTY, where he advised on the prosecution of leadership targets including Slobodan Milosevic. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Orville H.
Schell, Jr. Centre for International Human Rights at Yale Law School and the Yale University Genocide Studies Program. Recently he co-founded the Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center in New Haven, supported by a grant from the U.S. State Department. His book Reducing Genocide to Law is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

NATASA KANDIC is a leading human rights activist in the Balkans. She is the founder and director of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade, a non-profit dedicated to researching and documenting war crimes and monitoring minority rights in the region. In recognition of her courageous efforts, she has received numerous awards, including the Human Rights Watch Award (1993), Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights Award (1999), National Endowment for Democracy Award (2000, with Veton Suroi) and she was named one of 36 European Heroes in 2003 by the Time magazine.

FARHAD MALEKIAN is the founder and the director of the Institute of International Criminal Law in Uppsala, Sweden. Mr. Malekian is a native of Iran and was educated in Iran and Sweden. His numerous publications include The Monopolization of International Criminal Law in the United Nations (1995), Islamic International Criminal Law: A Comparative Study (1994), Condemning the Use of Force in the Gulf Crisis (1994) and the widely acclaimed two-volume International Criminal Law: the Legal and Critical Analysis of International Crimes (1991).

is an Assistant-Professor of international law and human rights at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. He has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, assisted the defense counsel  of one of the accused before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and was a member of the French delegation at the Rome conference that created the International Criminal Court. His recent research focuses on the relationship between international criminal tribunals and domestic courts in the prosecution of international crimes.

MICHAEL A. NEWTON is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps and a law professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He assisted in the formation of the Iraqi Special Tribunal, and has served as a senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues at the U.S. State Department. He also has extensive experience working in support of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Criminal Court negotiations, and the Special Tribunal in Sierra Leone.

MARK OSIEL is Professor of Law at University of Iowa and has served as consultant to prosecutors of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. His books include Mass Atrocity, Collective Memory & the Law (1997), Obeying Orders: Atrocity, Military Discipline & the Law of War (1999) and Mass Atrocity, Ordinary Evil & Hannah Arendt: Criminal Consciousness in Argentina's Dirty War (2002).

TOM PARKER served for six months in 2003-04 as the United Kingdom’s Special Adviser on Transitional Justice to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq, and as Head of the CPA’s Crimes against Humanity Investigation Unit.  He spent four years as war crimes investigator with the ICTY working in the field in Bosnia and Kosovo.  Mr. Parker is currently a Fellow at Brown University.  He has taught on aspects of international terrorism at Yale and Bard Universities, and at the U.S. Defense Institute for International Legal Studies.

is Professor of Psychiatry, Political Psychology and International Affairs and Director of the Political Psychology Program at The George Washington University. During his 21 year CIA career, he founded and directed the Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior. Among his extensive publications are The Psychological Evaluation of Political Leaders, With profiles of Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton (2003) and Leaders and Their Followers in a Dangerous World: The Psychology of Political Behavior (2004). Dr. Post’s political psychology profiles of Hussein, Milosevic, bin Laden and others have featured prominently in national and international media. He has testified before Congress on several topics including terrorist psychology.

is Professor of Government at Cornell University. He has written about international criminal justice and provided testimony on international tribunals before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

MICHAEL P. SCHARF is Professor of Law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Ohio. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and seven books, including Balkan Justice, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, and Peace with Justice, which won the International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award for 2003.

is Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of Transitional Justice (2000), which examines the 20th century transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in many countries.

is Professor of International Law at Johns Hopkins University. She is a former federal prosecutor and Amicus Curiae for the ICTY. As a member of the Defense Policy Board, she has advised the U.S Department of Defense on international law issues arising from 9/11. She also serves on the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, and the CIA historical review. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and chairman of research for the American Society of International Law, where she directs the ASIL Terrorism Task Force.

served as Amicus Curiae in the Milosevic case and as defense counsel in the first case before the ICTY. He is the senior partner at Wladimiroff & Walling in The Hague, and the President of the International Criminal Law Network in The Hague



is a Professor of Law and president of International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University. He also serves as the president of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, Italy, and the International Association of Penal Law in Paris, France. He was appointed chairman of the U.N. Commission to Investigate Violations of International Humanitarian Law in the former Yugoslavia, and was elected chairman of the Drafting Committee of the U.N.
Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court.

GREG KEHOE is head of the U.S. government's Regime Crime Liaison Office in Iraq. He is currently investigating war crimes of the Hussein regime and working closely with the Iraqi Special Tribunal. He is a former federal prosecutor and trial attorney for the ICTY. He is on leave from the law firm of James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich, in Tampa, Florida, where he is a head of the firm's Trial Division.

is Associate Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law in Nebraska. He is co-author of Equal Justice in the Balance: America's Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat (2004), and author of Nowhere to Hide: Defeat of the Sovereign Immunity Defense for Crimes of Genocide and the Trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein (forthcoming). His Op-Ed columns have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Diego Union Tribune, Detroit News, Chicago Sun-Times and Houston Chronicle.

ALFRED RUBIN is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He served as the President of the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and as Chairman of its Executive Council from 2000-2004.

is a Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, and author of The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law: Justice for the New Millennium (2002), among other works. She is a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and a member of the Executive Committee and Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.


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We wish to thank our sponsors whose generous contributions made the symposium possible. We also owe most special thanks to Professor David Wippman, Vice Provost for International Relations at Cornell University; Larry Bush, Executive Director of the Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies at Cornell Law School; Andreas Papantoniou, our Internet Editor; Linda Majeroni, Law School Events Coordinator; Kathleen Rourke, Managing Editor of Cornell Law Forum; Simeon Moss, Blaine Friedlander and Linda Myers of Cornell News Service; Maye Suedile LL.M. ’05; Nina Bilandzic; Eric Pelofsky ’98; Eric Blinderman ’99; John Weiss, Associate Professor of History at Cornell University; Vicky Caron, Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell University; and Amie Ely ’05.

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Video Archive of Symposium

Symposia issues from previous years can be found here.