Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights: "Jurisdiction for Mass Atrocities"

April 3, 2013 —


Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights: “Jurisdiction for Mass Atrocities”


Monday, April 8, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
12th Floor, Gewirz Student Center
120 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


9:30 – 9:35 a.m.
William Treanor
, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center

9:35 – 10:05 a.m.
Panel 1: Suing Sudan: A Case Study

James Bair, Associate, Brown Rudnick LLP; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Liadan Donnelly, Georgetown Law Class of 2014
Andrew Mosher, Georgetown Law Class of 2014
Nina Sudhakar, Georgetown Law Class of 2013

10:05 – 11:15 a.m.
Panel 2: Thinking Outside the Box: What Tools Can and Should States Use to Fight Impunity for Mass Atrocities

Sadia Hameed, Director, Crimes Against Humanity Program, Human Rights First
Victoria Holt, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Paul Williams, Rebecca I. Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations, American University; President and Co-founder, Public International Law & Policy Group
Rosa Brooks, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

11:15 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Panel 3: The International Criminal Court and the Dynamics of Complementarity

Elena Baylis, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Law School, Washington Center
Christine Alai, former Acting Head, International Center for Transitional Justice Kenya Office; Fellow, Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa, Georgetown University Law Center
Susana SaCouto, Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence and Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law
Jane Stromseth, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center (Moderator)

12:25 – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Discussion

Luis Moreno Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
John Bellinger, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP; former Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State (2005-2009)


This is the eighth annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights. It is sponsored by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute.

The annual Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights was established by Samuel Dash’s family and friends, Georgetown Law alumni and the law firm of Cozen O’Connor to honor Dash’s contributions to international human rights and domestic civil rights.

Dash, who joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1965, and was on the board of the International League of Human Rights, traversed the globe in pursuit of justice. He led a human rights mission to Northern Ireland to investigate the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” incident, and traveled to the Soviet Union and Chile. In 1985, he was the first American to visit Nelson Mandela in prison and became involved in mediation efforts that eventually led to Mandela’s release.

Dash also served as chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee’s investigation into the Nixon administration’s involvement in the Democratic National Committee break-in, which ultimately led to President Nixon’s resignation.

Dash died in 2004.

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