March 31 - April 1

War Crimes Tribunals: The Record and the Prospects Conference Site; Washington College of Law, room 603. Regional meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law's War Crimes Research office at WCL. Conference participants include: Justice Louise Arbour, Chief Prosecutor, ICTY and ICTR; M. Cherif Bassiouni, Vice Chairman, UN General Assembly's Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court; Gerald Gahma, Deputy Minister of Justice, Rwanda; Paul Hoffman, Chair, Amnesty International USA; Gabrielle Kirk MacDonald, President and Presiding Judge for Prosecutor v. Dusko Tadic; David Scheffer, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State; WCL Dean Claudio Grossman; WCL professors Robert Goldman and Diane Orentlicher; as well as prosecutors, defense counsel, government officials, award-winning journalists and legal experts. This extraordinary gathering of front-line participants in the Yugoslavia and Rwanda tribunals will assess the track record of the tribunals at a critical time and examine their lessons for the successful operation of the proposed permananent international criminal court, whose draft statute is to be finalized at a diplomatic conference in Rome this summer. For more information, contact Patricia Jones at (202) 274-4184, or

April 3

Seminar on the Future of the Inter-American System for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. As part of the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law, WCL Dean Claudio Grossman will moderate this panel. Panelists include professors and other experts in the human rights field. For more information, contact the American Society of International Law at (202) 939-6000.

May 18 - 22

Third Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition Sponsored by Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the competition provides students and other participants with substantive knowledge in international law and human rights, lawyering skills, and legal values. This year's hypothetical case concerns freedom of the press. Teams representing law schools from 15 countries are anticipated to compete. For information, contact Robert Guitteau at (202) 274-4180, or

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