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Wayne Law to welcome Christopher Graveline for lecture on prosecuting international crimes

August 27, 2010

DETROIT (Aug. 27, 2010) — The Wayne State University Law School Program for International Legal Studies and the International Law Students Association are pleased to host a lecture by Christopher Graveline, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan, on Sept. 9, 2010. Graveline will speak on "Prosecuting International Crimes: the cases of Abu Ghraib and Chuckie Taylor” from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

Graveline will draw on his experiences in two high-profile international prosecutions. In 2008 Graveline was one of the attorneys responsible for the successful human rights prosecution of Chuckie Taylor, the son of the former Liberian dictator, Charles Taylor, for torture. As a prosecutor with the U.S. Army, Graveline also was involved in the major criminal cases stemming from the 2004 Abu Ghraib scandal. Graveline’s book describing his Abu Ghraib experiences, The Secrets of Abu Ghraib Revealed: American Soldiers on Trial, was published in June 2010 by Patomac Books. 

“Chris Graveline was involved in two of the most fascinating international criminal prosecutions in the U.S. judicial system,” said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the Program for International Legal Studies. “The fallout from Abu Ghraib continues to this day and the case against Chuckie Taylor marked the first time the federal government used the statute enacted by Congress to implement the United Nations Convention Against Torture. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Wayne Law to give his insights into these fascinating cases.”

The event is free and open to the public, and Graveline will be on hand prior to the event to sign copies of his book. Lunch will be served. Parking is available in Structure #1 for $4.25 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street in Detroit. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, visit campusmap.wayne.edu/location/LAW. 

For more information regarding the event or the Program for International Legal Studies, visit Wayne Law online at law.wayne.edu/international-studies or contact Fox at gfox@Wayne.edu.

Additional upcoming international events:

Wednesday, Sept. 22
"
In search of a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict: The relevance of international law"
Tom Farer, former dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States

Wednesday, Oct. 6
"Miranda rights for terrorism suspects?"
Mark Denbeaux, professor and director of the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall Law School

Wednesday, Oct. 13
“The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia”

Jeffrey Pryce, an attorney with Steptoe and Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Nov. 3
"The new crime of aggression before the International Criminal Court"

Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School

More information on the above at http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/events.php.

Program for International Legal Studies
Wayne Law created the Program for International Legal Studies in recognition of the breadth of the faculty’s international engagements and expertise and the fact that nearly all aspects of law now have an international component. From regulation of cross-border financial transactions to controlling pollution that recognizes no boundaries to human rights treaties that regulate how governments treat their citizens, law is now an interconnected global phenomenon.

The program coordinates all activities at Wayne Law related to international law. These activities include hosting the Speaker Series, sponsoring conferences and symposia featuring leading international scholars and practitioners, promoting research on international and comparative law topics, and providing important resources for Wayne Law students, alumni and friends interested in international law. 

The program capitalizes on the Law School’s world-renowned faculty members, who teach and write on a wide variety of international legal issues.

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