Human Rights Conference to Address Judicial Responses to Atrocities

DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2007
CONTACT: Sumudu Atapattu, Associate Director, Global Legal Studies Center, UW Law School, Phone:(608) 890 1395,

Madison, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of International Studies announces an all-day conference, “Responses to Atrocity: International and Domestic Judicial Mechanisms,” Friday, April 20, 2007. The conference will be held in room 3250 of the Law Building from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and in room 7200 of the Law Building (Lubar Commons) from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The conference is free and open to the public.

The conference, hosted by Professors Heinz Klug (UW Law School) and Scott Straus (Political Science, UW-Madison), is being sponsored by the Global Legal Studies Center and the Humanitarianism and World Order Research Circle, with support from the Division of International Studies, the International Institute and Global Studies. The Global Legal Studies Center is an initiative of the UW Law School and the Division of International Studies.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Ronald Atkinson, Professor, Department of History, University of South Carolina, Columbia
  • Doug Cassel, Lilly Endowment Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Thierry Cruvellier, a consultant with the International Center for Transnational Justice, Bogota, who reported on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the war in Sierra Leone, including the Special Court and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Victor Peskin, Professor, School of Global Studies, Arizona State University
  • Lars Waldorf, former director of the Human Rights Watch field office in Rwanda from 2002-04, and who covered genocide trials at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 2001.
  • Rebecca Wittmann, Assistant Professor, Historical Studies, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the Holocaust, postwar German trials of Nazi perpetrators, and German legal history.