2007 Friedmann Conference, Toward Peace and Justice

The Columbia Society of International Law is proud to present the 2007 Friedmann Conference and Award on Thursday, March 22, 2007.

The event brings together judges, prosecutors, and human rights
advocates from across the world to discuss  the topic "Toward Peace
and Justice: The Role of International Law in Confronting War and
Genocide." Conference is free and open to the public.  CLE credit is available.


Conference Schedule

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Location: Columbia Law School

Recipient of the 33rd Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Award, bestowed by the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law: Judge Antonio Cassese, first President, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); current Chairperson, International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur.

12:00 Welcome Lunch at the Columbia Faculty House, President’s Room

  • Opening address: Professor Lori Damrosch, Columbia Law School Luncheon is free of charge; space is limited. No RSVP necessary for panelists and moderators. All others who wish to attend please RSVP to Elena Hassan, Friedmann Committee, [email protected].

Panels in Jerome Greene Hall Room 104: Open attendance, no RSVP required.

1:30 Panel #1: How can international law aid in the prevention of genocide?

  • Example Topics: Does the establishment of the ICC and hybrid war crimes tribunals portend a better future for the prevention of genocide? Should amnesties and other non-criminal alternatives remain on the table?
  • Moderator: Professor José Alvarez, Columbia Law School
  • Panelist 1: Professor Payam Akhavan, McGill University; first Legal Advisor, Prosecutor’s Office, ICTY and ICTR
  • Panelist 2: Jean Krasno, Distinguished Fellow, International Security Studies, Yale University
  • Panelist 3: Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

3:15 Panel #2: The Future of Guantanamo Bay

  • Example Topics: The future of Guantanamo military commissions after the Hamdan decision and U.S. renditions policies.
  • Moderator: Professor Katharina Pistor, Columbia Law School
  • Panelist 1: Professor George Fletcher, Columbia Law School
  • Panelist 2: Bill Goodman, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Panelist 3: Colonel (Ret.) David Graham, Executive Director, Judge Advocate General Legal Center and School, U.S. Army

5:00 Panel #3: Special Challenges for International Judges

  • Example Topics: Challenges faced by judges in international tribunals over political immunities and judicial independence in the face of political pressures.
  • Moderator: Judge Antonio Cassese
  • Panelist 1: Norman Farrell, Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Prosecutor, ICTY
  • Panelist 2: Justice Richard Goldstone, Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand; former judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa; former Chief Prosecutor, ICTY and ICTR
  • Panelist 3: Judge Patricia Wald, Open Society Justice Initiative; former ICTY Judge; former chief judge, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

7:00 Cocktail Reception and Friedmann Banquet at Casa Italiana, including the presentation of the Friedmann Award by the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

  • Keynote Address: Judge Antonio Cassese RSVP required. To reserve reception & banquet tickets, contact Megan Fleming, [email protected].