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Symposium to Look at Post-Conflict Dispute Resolution
January 22 symposium sponsored by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution
December 3, 2003
Recent world events have demonstrated the perils and pitfalls associated with post-conflict reconstruction and nation-building. International disputes that arise during the reconstruction process may present decision-makers with difficult choices that have far-reaching and long-lasting global consequences.
The global importance of effectively resolving post-conflict disputes will be a main topic of discussion when an all-star line-up of experts in the field of International Dispute Resolution gather at “Winning the Peace: Post-Conflict Dispute Resolution and Nation-Building,” January 22, 2004 at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, 55 West 12th Avenue.
At the symposium, presented by the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and the Moritz College of Law, experts will discuss the role that human rights, the rule of law, and local empowerment play in the reconstruction of post-conflict states. Participants will offer insights based on both outstanding scholarship and practical experience in post-conflict dispute resolution.
The symposium will consist of a series of panel discussions focusing on various aspects and implications of post-conflict dispute resolution. After a welcome address by Nancy H. Rogers, dean of the Moritz College, the opening panel will examine post-conflict transitional justice mechanisms, with speakers drawing upon their involvement in and study of transitional administrations in various parts of the world.
A second panel will look at the process of forming lasting and integrative peace processes that include the participation of previously outcast groups.
A third session will study refugee repatriation and resettlement in post-conflict settings, and will scrutinize the “voluntary” nature of repatriation.
The symposium will conclude with a discussion of victim compensation funds and an address by Kenneth R. Feinberg, special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Other panelists expected to attend include:
- Simon Chesterman, senior associate, International Peace Academy;
- Pat K. Chew, professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law;
- Ilene R. Cohn, senior policy coordination officer, United Nations Mine Action Service, Department of Peacekeeping Operations;
- James J. Friedberg, professor, West Virginia University College of Law;
- James C. Hathaway, professor and director of the Refugee and Asylum Law Program, University of Michigan Law School;
- Norma Kriger, visiting scholar, Mershon Center at The Ohio State University;
- Michael P. Scharf, professor and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; and
- Marjoleine Zieck, professor, Amsterdam Center for International Law.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 foreign countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with nonprofit organizations and public-interest law firms.