Wayne Law plans film screening, panel Feb. 25 on International Criminal Tribunal

DETROIT – A documentary screening about the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and a panel discussion on the topic will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Wayne State University Law School.

The award-winning film, Seeking Truth in the Balkans, offers insights from more than 100 people who were involved with the tribunal, which was created by the United Nations in 1993, after the former state of Yugoslavia devolved into chaos and age-old ethnic tensions led to atrocities. The tribunal, created to prosecute the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, is wrapping up its cases, and 74 people have been sentenced.

The event, which is free, will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Register at international.law@wayne.edu. Parking will be available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Structure One across West Palmer Street from the law school.

“This film explores the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and asks whether it has contributed to peace, reconciliation and the search for truth in the region,” said Professor Gregory Fox.

Fox, who is director of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies, will moderate the panel following the film screening.

Panelists will be:

  • Erin Lovall, the documentary filmmaker.
  • Brad Roth, professor at Wayne Law and in WSU’s Department of Political Science.
  • Carrie Booth Walling, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Albion College.

Leaders of the Program for International Legal Studies have been involved in legal efforts to address conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

Lada Soljan, a member of the program’s External Advisory Board, has been a prosecutor at the tribunal since 2005. As trial counsel, Soljan was a member of the prosecution trial team in Prosecutor v. Popovic et al., a case involving seven men charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the fall of Eastern Bosnian enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa in summer 1995.

Fox served on the legal team representing Bosnia-Herzogovina in its case under the Genocide Convention against Serbia before the International Court of Justice.

Fox is a widely cited authority on international law and international organizations and a leader in a variety of academic and professional organizations. Much of his scholarship focuses on how the worldwide spread of democracy has affected the international legal system. He is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the founding chairman of the Committee on International Human Rights of the State Bar of Michigan.

Lovall, an attorney, used the film she helped create to expand on her master’s thesis project at New York University exploring the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She earned that degree in human rights and international law. She earned her law degree at Duke University.

Roth specializes in international law, comparative public law, and political and legal theory. He is the author of several books and roughly 30 book chapters, journal articles and commentaries dealing with questions of sovereignty, constitutionalism, human rights and democracy.

Walling’s research focuses on international responses to mass atrocity crimes, including military humanitarian intervention and human rights trials, and how human rights norms are changing the meaning of state sovereignty at the United Nations. Walling has published articles on ethnic cleansing, humanitarian intervention and international human rights trials.

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