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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Questioning the Legacy of the Nuremberg War Trials and Honoring Surviving Prosecutors

The Nuremberg trials of major Nazi war criminals spawned the idea of international human rights, but have the principles endured?

Leading scholars from Washington University in St. Louis will join former Nuremberg prosecutors and distinguished experts on international criminal justice to examine the legacy of the war trials and their impact on international law, the judicial system and world peace.

The conference, "Judgment at Nuremberg," marks the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials and will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 1 on the Washington University campus. It includes a commemorative program that will honor the trial's three surviving U.S. prosecutors — Benjamin B. Ferencz, Whitney R. Harris and Henry T. King Jr.

In addition to Ferencz, Harris and King, presenters will include:

  • Keynote speaker M. Cherif Bassiouni, Distinguished Research Professor of Law and president of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law;
  • Philippe Kirsch, president of the International Criminal Court;
  • Patricia Wald, member of the President's Intelligence Commission; and
  • Michael Walzer, the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and author of the seminal work Just and Unjust Wars.

U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) also is scheduled to speak. He will reflect on the service of his father, the late Thomas J. Dodd, former U.S. executive trial counsel who served under Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief prosecutor at Nuremberg.

The conference is sponsored by WUSTL's School of Law and its Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies and the Department of Philosophy in Arts & Sciences in collaboration with the Robert H. Jackson Center, the American Bar Association Section on International Law and the American Society of International Law. [Mark Godsey]

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