Sunday, March 19, 2017

Herzog Lecture on "Preventing and Punishing Crimes Against Humanity"

Preventing and Punishing Crimes Against Humanity

Speaker: Prof. Sean D. Murphy, Member, International Law Commission

Fred F. Herzog Memorial Lecture

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, Illinois

Meet and Greet to Follow the Lecture

"Crimes against humanity" are part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack. These crimes include murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and forcible transfer of a population, torture, rape, sexual slavery, and other inhumane acts intentionally causing great suffering. The International Law Commission has begun work on a Draft Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Humanity. For the 2017 Herzog Memorial Lecture, Sean D. Murphy, a member of the International Law Commission and its Special Rapporteur for the Project, will discuss the Commission's important work on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity.

The International Law Commission. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Law Commission to study and make recommendations that would encourage the "progressive development of international law and its codification." Its members are "persons of recognized competence in international law" who sit in their individual capacities and not as representatives of their governments.

Sean D. Murphy is a Professor at The George Washington University Law School and a leading authority on international law. He was recently re-elected to a second, five-year term on the International Law Commission.

Fred F. Herzog was born in 1907 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He studied law and in 1935 he became the youngest federal judge in Austria and the only Jewish judge in that country. Although appointed as a judge for life, he was removed from office in 1938 following the Nazi Anschluss of Austria. He escaped to Sweden and then to the United States, where he studied for an American law degree. He later became Dean of the Chicago-Kent College of Law and then The John Marshall Law School. He died in 2008 in Chicago at the age of 100.

Fred F. Herzog Memorial Lecture Series. The lecture series named in Dean Herzog's honor has included such notable speakers such as Hans Corell (Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations), Laurel Bellows (President of the American Bar Association, speaking on Human Trafficking), Professor Deborah Lipstadt of Emory University (speaking on Combating Holocaust Denial), and Thomas Buergenthal (former Judge of the International Court of Justice and a survivor of the Nazi camps).

Who should attend? The lecture will be of great interest to lawyers and law students interested in international law and to all persons interested in preventing and punishing crimes against humanity.

There is no charge to attend the lecture.


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