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June 04, 2004

Press Contact: Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, 512-471-7330
Book Contact: Katrin Flechsig, Faculty Assistant, UT Law, 512-232-4857

International War Crimes Trials Conference Proceedings Published

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin School of Law announced today it has published the proceedings from the international conference on war crimes trials that took place at the Law School on November 6 and 7, 2003. Professor Steven Ratner and James L. Bischoff, '04, edited the publication.

According to the editors, the publication, International War Crimes Trials: Making a Difference?, "seeks to allow a broader audience – those who make policy regarding those tribunals as well as those who study them – to share the insights gained on these important issues. It is our hope that it is the beginning of a long dialogue among interested constituents."

The principal focus of the conference was the UN's criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, with attention to the implications for the International Criminal Court as well as mixed national-international courts. Panelists included former officials of UN tribunals, individuals directly affected by atrocities, political scientists, a psychologist working with sexual violence victims, and a historian of such trials. Along with Ratner, UT Law professors Sarah Cleveland, Karen Engle, and William Forbath participated on the panels.

Ratner, the Albert Sidney Burleson Professor in Law, is one of the nation's leading scholars in the field of international law. His research focuses on new challenges facing emerging democracies after the Cold War, including ethnic conflict, territorial borders, accountability for past human rights violations, and the role of international institutions in these issues.

Bischoff, a May graduate of the joint-degree program between Law and Latin American Studies, worked on the highest profile genocide prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and has also interned on a judicial reform project in Guatemala and an anti-forced-labor initiative in the Amazon.

The Law School conference was funded by grants from the Jeht Foundation of New York City and the Human Security Program of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

For copies of the book, please contact Katrin Flechsig at 512-232-4857.

Related Links:

War Crimes Conference Release, including archived Webcast: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2003/102303_warcrimes.html