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Symposium Looks at Law and Interrogation in War and Peace
Nuremberg Prosecutor Henry T. King, Jr., to give keynote address
October 20, 2004
Henry T. King, Jr
Events of the past decade reaffirm the compelling need to clarify the relationship between the rule of law and the conduct of military and civilian personnel during times of war. International tribunals prosecute leaders for committing war crimes. The recent reporting of torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops at the Abu Ghraib prison raise issues regarding the ethical and legal ramifications of the use of interrogation and torture.
How do lawyers develop and implement effective legal institutions to address these matters? What are the appropriate responses of a domestic legal professional association – the American Bar Association – to such developments? And what practices and legal policies are effective and desirable for governing conduct in such volatile situations?
Legal scholars will examine these matters during a symposium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on Friday, October 29, 2004.
The program begins at 11:00 a.m. with remarks by former Nuremberg Prosecutor Henry T. King, Jr. In his address entitled, “Robert Jackson’s Nuremberg,” King, currently a Case Western Reserve University School of Law professor and of counsel at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, will provide a historical perspective on the operations of war crimes tribunals. Gregory L. Peterson, president of the Robert H. Jackson Center, will introduce King.
Beginning at Noon, attorneys William M. Hannay, of Schiff Hardin, LLP, and David B. Rivkin, Jr., of Baker & Hostetler, LLP will revisit their riveting exchange that took place at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta in which they debated whether the ABA’s House of Delegates should adopt a resolution that, in part “…condemn(ed) the Use of Torture upon Persons within Custody of or under Control of U.S. Government?” Alec Wightman ’75, of Baker & Hostetler, LLP and Moritz Law Professor Gregory Travalio will introduce and moderate the debate.
The concluding feature of the symposium event, from 1:15- 3:30 p.m., brings together a panel law professors and legal experts to analyze the law of coercive interrogation. Moderated by Moritz Law Professor Marc Spindelman, the panelists include Phillip B. Heymann, Harvard Law School professor; Mary Ellen O’Connell, Moritz College of Law professor; and Marcy S. Strauss, Loyola Law School professor.
The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center; Baker & Hostetler, LLP; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Ohio State Law Journal.
The Robert H. Jackson Center was established in 2001 to preserve the legacy, values and artifacts of Supreme Court Justice and Chief American Nuremberg Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson who resided in Jamestown, New York. The Center provides programs and educational events towards these aims. Further information about the Center is available at www.roberthjackson.org.
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