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Event on Cambodia and the Future of International Criminal Law, Jan. 27

January 19, 2010

DETROIT (Jan. 19, 2010) – The Program for International Legal Studies at Wayne State University Law School is pleased to host "The Special Tribunal for Cambodia and the Future of International Criminal Law" at 12:15 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2010 in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

Part of the Program’s Winter 2010 Speaker Series, this event will feature Peter Hammer, Wayne Law professor and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, and John Ciorciari, assistant professor of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Professors Hammer and Ciorciari, leading experts in Cambodian law and politics, will discuss the court's record so far and whether it can serve as a model for future prosecutions.

“International criminal law is one of the newest and most exciting areas of international law,” said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the Program for International Legal Studies. “For years international law has been criticized for its lack of enforcement mechanism. But now, sitting and former heads of state, military leaders and private warlords are all being brought to justice before international tribunals such as the International Criminal Court.”

According to Professor Fox, one of the most closely-watched international courts is the “Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia,” which was established by agreement between the Cambodian government and the United Nations in 2001. The court is now in the midst of prosecuting surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, which murdered close to 2 million Cambodian citizens in the late 1970s (in a country of only 7 million).

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

For more information, please contact Holly Hughes at (313) 577-3620 or at hhughes@wayne.edu. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, please visit http://www.campusmap.wayne.edu/location/LAW. Parking is available in Structure #1 for $4.25 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street.

For more information on Wayne Law’s Program on International Legal Studies, visit its website at http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/index.php. Visit http://law.wayne.edu for information on Wayne Law.

 

Additional Upcoming Program Events

 

"U.S. Ratification of the Women's Rights Treaty: Fabulous, Horrendous, or Meaningless?"
Feb. 11, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School
Julia L. Ernst, Georgetown University Law Center 
Lunch will be served.

"International Promotion of Democratic Government: The Strange Case of the 2009 Honduran Coup” 
Feb. 24, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Room 2103, Wayne State University Law School
Brad Roth, Wayne State University Law School and  Sharon Lean, Wayne State University Department of Political Science 
Lunch will be served.

"Guantanamo: Learning from the Past to Confront the Future"
March 9, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School
Jonathan Hafetz, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union National Headquarters, New York
Lunch will be served.

"The Prospects for a New International Agreement on Climate Change" 
April 7, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, Wayne State University Law School
Dan Bodansky, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia Law School
Lunch will be served.

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 a 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.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.