Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio participated in the 11th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs in Chautauqua, New York, from August 27th-29th. Professor Sterio had served this past year on the Advisory Board of the Dialogs and had participated in organizing the conference.
Professor Sterio delivered the “Year in Review” lecture on August 29th, during which she focused on three significant events in international humanitarian law during the past year: the International Criminal Court’s Al Mahdi case (where the defendant was convicted of the crime of intentionally directing attacks against cultural and religious sites); the closing and legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and the ongoing crisis in Syria, including the recent United States’ use of force against the Assad regime.
In addition, Professor Sterio organized and co-moderated a porch session entitled “Victim-Driven Approaches to International Criminal Justice” on August 29th. This porch session was co-sponsored by the Intlawgrrls and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and co-moderated by Professor Sterio and Andrea Gittelman. And, as representative of the Intlawgrrls blog, Professor Sterio officially introduced International Criminal Court Judge and Baroness Christine Van den Wyngaert as the Katherine B. Fite Lecturer (this lecture is traditionally sponsored by Intlawgrrls).
Katherine B. Fite was an American lawyer who graduated from Yale Law School in 1930 as one of only three women in the entire United States! She had a distinguished career as a lawyer at the United States Department of State, and was particularly known for having worked with Justice Jackson while he served as Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials. Professor Sterio published a blog post on Intlawgrrls detailing the presence of female voices at this year’s International Humanitarian Law Dialogs; the post is available here.