Conference To Focus on Role of Government, NGOs in "War on Terror"

October 18, 2004

The legal standards that ought to guide the United States' military operations and treatment of prisoners in the War on Terror will be examined at a one-day conference at the School of Law Nov. 5. Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, the conference will discuss tensions between the views of the military and human rights organizations with two panels featuring government, military, and NGO representatives. Featured speakers include former U.S ambassador to the United Nations Nancy Soderberg, now with the International Crisis Group, and Elisa Massimino, the Washington Director of Human Rights First.

*Registration is highly recommended and required to receive a lunch.


  • David Graham, Executive Director, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (434) 971-3201
  • Deena Hurwitz, Director, Human Rights Program, University of Virginia School of Law
    (434) 924-4776
8:30-9:00 Registration, coffee and pastries, Student Lounge #1
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks:
Peter Low, Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law; Vice President and Provost, University of Virginia (1994-2001), WB126
9:15-10:15 Keynote Address:Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, Vice President for Multilateral Affairs, International Crisis Group, WB126

Coffee Break, Student Lounge #1


PANEL I: U.S. Compliance with the Law of Armed Conflict and Human Rights Law in the War on Terrorism: A Strategic Imperative?, WB126

  • John Norton MooreWalter L. Brown Professor of Law, Director, Center for National Security Law and Center for Oceans Law and Policy, U.Va. School of Law
  • Wendy Patten, U.S. Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Charles Allen,Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Scott Stucky,General Counsel, Senate Armed Services Committee

Moderator: Rosa Brooks, Associate Professor of Law, U.Va. School of Law

12:30-2:00 Lunch & Luncheon Speaker: Elisa Massimino, Washington Director, Human Rights First, Caplin Pavilion

PANEL II: NGO-Military Relations: Institutional Incompatibility?, WB126

  • Kevin Lanigan, Esq., Hogan & Hartson (Washington D.C.), U.S. Army Res. Maj., (Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force, Afghanistan 2002-03)
  • Paul Majarowitz, Senior Iraq Program Officer, Mercy Corps
  • Hays Parks,Assistant General Counsel, International Affairs, DOD General Counsel
  • Col. Richard Whitaker,Staff Judge Advocate, 101st Airborne Division (ASSLT)

Moderator: David E. Graham, Exec. Director, The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School

4:00-4:15 Closing Comments: Col. James Gerstenlauer, Dean, The Judge Advocate General's School of the Army, WB126


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