The International Criminal Court Conference

Click here to listen to Professor Bassiouni and Professor Schefferís appearance on Chicago Public Radioís Worldview.

Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV) also filmed and broadcast the conference.

Student Event Video and Mp3s

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Institute for War and Peace Reporting Panel: Local Impact and the International Criminal Court

Betty Bigombe
Peter Eichstaedt
Janet Anderson

The IWPR panelists discussed how politics, human rights and local communities across Africa have been affected by the ICC's decisions.
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Sita Balthazar, Amnesty International USA

ICC 101

Sita led an interactive workshop with students to provide basic background information on the ICC as well as discuss the role played by students in the Courtís formation and in international justice issues today.
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John Washburn, American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court

The Evolving U.S. Position on the ICC

John, the Convener of AMICC, discussed the evolving U.S. position on the ICC as well as his experiences at the Rome Conference.
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Attila Bogdan, Former IHRLI Fellow

The U.S. and Bilateral Immunity Agreements

Attila discussed how the U.S. is attempting to avoid jurisdiction through bilateral immunity agreements.

Question and Answer Session with Sita Balthazar, Attila Bogdan, and John Washburn

Moderated by Tim Jon Semmerling, IHRLI Sullivan Fellow

Students were able to ask questions to the panel. Questions were also taken from the online community participating via our NGO partner Global Kids in Second Life.

Conference Video and Mp3s

Jonathan Fanton, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Jonathan Fanton opened the conference, welcomed the speakers and audience and discussed the MacArthur Foundationís support for human rights and international justice around the world.
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Philippe Kirsch, President, ICC

The ICC from Rome to Present

ICC President Philippe Kirsch discussed the evolution of the international justice system and the historic Rome conference to establish the Court and also outlined the current challenges facing the ICC.
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John Bellinger, Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State

The United States and the ICC: Where Weíve Been and Where Weíre Going

State Department Legal Adviser John Bellinger provided insight into the current Administrationís perspective on the ICC in his presentation. He outlined both areas of concern as well as possible arenas for cooperation with ICC proponents, such as Darfur.
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Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Representative

The Role of the U.S. in Promoting Human Rights and International Justice

Congresswoman Schakowsky argued that the U.S. needed to take responsibility for its role in human rights abuses occurring around the world and discussed her role as a member of Congress in advocating for greater accountability and transparency during the Bush administration.
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M. Cherif Bassiouni, President, IHRLI

Luncheon Keynote Address: Reflections on International Justice

Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, President of IHRLI, delivered the conference luncheonís keynote address. He reflected on his experiences in international justice and gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Rome Conference to establish the Court.
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Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, ICC, Introduced by Jonathan Fanton

The Prosecutorís Perspective on the International Criminal Justice System

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo discussed the ongoing ICC investigations and situation countries and the role of the Office of the Prosecutor, in particular in Sudan, Uganda, and the DRC, and described the future ahead for the Court.
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Panel Discussion: Appraisal of the Situations in Uganda, Darfur, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

David Scheffer (Panel Chair), Northwestern University
Betty Bigombe, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Jerry Fowler, Save Darfur Coalition
Gayle Smith, Center for American Progress; ENOUGH Project
Ambassador Richard Williamson, Presidential Special Envoy to Sudan

Professor David Scheffer chaired this panel which was designed to look at the specifics of each of these investigation countries more closely. The panelists addressed how the ICC arrest warrants have impacted Uganda and Darfur, and how the Lubanga trial is having an effect in the DRC.
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Panel Discussion: Reflections on International Criminal Justice: Quo Vadis?

Michael Scharf (Panel Chair), Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Douglass Cassel, University of Notre Dame Law School
Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University
Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California Hastings College of the Law
Leila Sadat, Washington University School of Law

The final panel was chaired by Professor Michael Scharf. The panelists reflected on the future direction of international criminal justice, and discussed in a roundtable format questions such as what will the ICC look like in ten years, and how the U.S. position on the Court might change during that time.
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