The Academy and International Law: A Catalyst for Change and Innovation

Friday, September 24th - Saturday, September 25th, 2021

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar: 2021-09-24 12:45:00 2021-09-25 17:00:00 The Academy and International Law: A Catalyst for Change and Innovation Event Description Perhaps more than in any other legal field, academic institutions and organizations run by academics have had a profound influence on the development of International Law. In this two-day in-person conference, two-dozen expert panelists from international organizations, NGOs, and academic institutions will explore how academia has influenced war crimes prosecutions, peace negotiations, and the pursuit of human rights since the Second World War. This Conference celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Endowment of CWRU School of Law’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Public International Law & Policy Group. Note: Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center—Ballrooms A, B and C. AGENDA Friday, September 24 12:45 - 2:30 p.m. A Panel Discussion featuring Judge Silva Fernandez de Gurmendi, President of the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court, along with Prof. Michael Scharf and Prof. Jessica Wolfendale, with Prof. Shannon E. French moderating.   4 - 5 p.m. (Held in the Gund Hall Moot Courtroom) Making an Impact: Alumni Panel of Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law Editors” Katelyn Masetta-Alvarez: Volume 50 - Executive Notes Editor (DOJ Immigration Law Appeals Attorney) Douglas Pilawa: Volume 51 – Executive Articles Editor (International Arbitration Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs) Luke Tillman: Volume 43 - Articles Editor (Steptoe & Johnson; former Counsel for U.S. International Trade Commission)  Niki Dasarathy: Volume 41 - Articles Editor (Senior Counsel, ABA Rule of Law Initiative)  Philip Hadji: Volume 41 - Editor-in-Chief (Assistant General Counsel, Department of Navy) Christopher Rassi: Volume 34 - Symposium Editor (Chief of Staff of the Red Cross) Saturday, September 25 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome 8:45 - 10 a.m. Panel 1: The Academy and Grotian Moments Chair: Stephen Petras, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Carsten Stahn, Director of Leiden University’s Grotius Center Michael Scharf, Dean of CWRU School of Law Omri Sender, Counsel, ICJ, formerly Counsel to the World Bank Milena Sterio, Associate Dean, Cleveland Marshall School of Law Jennifer Trahan, Professor, NYU Center for Global Affairs 10:30 a.m. - noon Panel 2: 75th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Judgment: The Academy and War Crimes Prosecutions Jennifer Trahan (Chair) James Johnson, Chief Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone and Director of the CWRU Henry King War Crimes Office Leila Sadat, President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and Professor, Washington University School of Law Beth van Schaack, Professor, Stanford Law School Michael Newton, Professor, Vanderbilt Law School 12:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speech featuring Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association 1:30 - 3 p.m. Panel 3: The Academy and the War on Terrorism: A 20 Year Retrospective Co-Chairs, Avidan Cover, Associate Dean and Director of the Institute for Global Security Law & Policy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Shannon French, Inamori Professor in Ethics and Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence  Deborah Pearlstein, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Cardozo School of Law Geoffrey Corn, Gary A. Kuiper Distinguished Professor of National Security Law, South Texas College of Law Houston Jessica Wolfendale, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Marquette University 3:30 - 5 p.m. Panel 4: The Academy and the Pursuit of Peace and Human Rights Chair: Milena Sterio, Professor, Cleveland Marshall School of Law Paul Williams, Professor American University Washington College of Law and President of PILPG Alex Cuic, Adjunct Professor, CWRU School of Law Andrew Mann, former State Department Senior Foreign Service Officer  Darin Johnson, Professor, Howard University School of Law 5 p.m. Closing remarks: Associate Dean Avidan Cover   Tinkham Veale University Center—Ballrooms A, B and C George Gund Hall—Moot Courtroom School of Law School of Law America/New_York public

Sponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Free to attend.

$100 for CLE’s (alumni) or $200 for CLE’s (non-alumni).
 

7.75 hours of CLE credit, pending approval

Event Description

Perhaps more than in any other legal field, academic institutions and organizations run by academics have had a profound influence on the development of International Law. In this two-day in-person conference, two-dozen expert panelists from international organizations, NGOs, and academic institutions will explore how academia has influenced war crimes prosecutions, peace negotiations, and the pursuit of human rights since the Second World War.

This Conference celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Endowment of CWRU School of Law’s Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Public International Law & Policy Group.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center—Ballrooms A, B and C.

AGENDA

Friday, September 24

12:45 - 2:30 p.m. A Panel Discussion featuring Judge Silva Fernandez de Gurmendi, President of the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court, along with Prof. Michael Scharf and Prof. Jessica Wolfendale, with Prof. Shannon E. French moderating.  
4 - 5 p.m. (Held in the Gund Hall Moot Courtroom) Making an Impact: Alumni Panel of Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law Editors”
  • Katelyn Masetta-Alvarez: Volume 50 - Executive Notes Editor (DOJ Immigration Law Appeals Attorney)
  • Douglas Pilawa: Volume 51 – Executive Articles Editor (International Arbitration Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs)
  • Luke Tillman: Volume 43 - Articles Editor (Steptoe & Johnson; former Counsel for U.S. International Trade Commission) 
  • Niki Dasarathy: Volume 41 - Articles Editor (Senior Counsel, ABA Rule of Law Initiative) 
  • Philip Hadji: Volume 41 - Editor-in-Chief (Assistant General Counsel, Department of Navy)
  • Christopher Rassi: Volume 34 - Symposium Editor (Chief of Staff of the Red Cross)

Saturday, September 25

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome
8:45 - 10 a.m.

Panel 1: The Academy and Grotian Moments

  • Chair: Stephen Petras, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Carsten Stahn, Director of Leiden University’s Grotius Center
  • Michael Scharf, Dean of CWRU School of Law
  • Omri Sender, Counsel, ICJ, formerly Counsel to the World Bank
  • Milena Sterio, Associate Dean, Cleveland Marshall School of Law
  • Jennifer Trahan, Professor, NYU Center for Global Affairs
10:30 a.m. - noon

Panel 2: 75th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Judgment: The Academy and War Crimes Prosecutions

  • Jennifer Trahan (Chair)
  • James Johnson, Chief Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone and Director of the CWRU Henry King War Crimes Office
  • Leila Sadat, President of the American Branch of the International Law Association and Professor, Washington University School of Law
  • Beth van Schaack, Professor, Stanford Law School
  • Michael Newton, Professor, Vanderbilt Law School
12:15 - 1 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Speech featuring Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the International Bar Association
1:30 - 3 p.m.

Panel 3: The Academy and the War on Terrorism: A 20 Year Retrospective

  • Co-Chairs, Avidan Cover, Associate Dean and Director of the Institute for Global Security Law & Policy, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; Shannon French, Inamori Professor in Ethics and Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence 
  • Deborah Pearlstein, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, Cardozo School of Law
  • Geoffrey Corn, Gary A. Kuiper Distinguished Professor of National Security Law, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Jessica Wolfendale, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Marquette University
3:30 - 5 p.m.

Panel 4: The Academy and the Pursuit of Peace and Human Rights

  • Chair: Milena Sterio, Professor, Cleveland Marshall School of Law
  • Paul Williams, Professor American University Washington College of Law and President of PILPG
  • Alex Cuic, Adjunct Professor, CWRU School of Law
  • Andrew Mann, former State Department Senior Foreign Service Officer 
  • Darin Johnson, Professor, Howard University School of Law
5 p.m. Closing remarks: Associate Dean Avidan Cover

 

Event Location

Tinkham Veale University Center—Ballrooms A, B and C

George Gund Hall—Moot Courtroom

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