Sokol Colloquium to Examine Accountability for Human Rights Violations

March 25, 2010

Practitioners, scholars and government officials will gather at the 23rd Annual Sokol Colloquium on Private International Law to focus on accountability for human rights violations.

EnergyThe colloquium will be held April 6 in Withers-Brown Hall room 154 at the Law School.

"Since World War II and the Holocaust, human rights have been a core concern of the international community. Sadly, however, compliance has lagged behind agreement on human rights standards," said Professor John Norton Moore, chair of the Sokol Colloquium committee."This year's colloquium will directly tackle this compliance gap - focusing on enhancing criminal and civil liability as a means of enhancing human rights accountability."

The colloquium, titled "Enhancing Effectiveness in Accountability for Human Rights Norms: Toward Stronger Criminal and Civil Measures," features panels on criminal and civil liability for human rights violations. Diane F. Orentlicher, deputy in the State Department's Office of War Crimes Issues, will deliver the keynote address during lunch at 1 p.m.

Papers from the colloquium will be considered for publication by the Virginia Journal of International Law, which is co-sponsoring the conference along with the J.B. Moore Society of International Law and the Law School. The event is open to the public, and Virginia CLE credit is available.

Those planning to attend should contact Donna D. Ganoe ( or 434-924-4746) at the Law School by March 30, as space is limited for the lunch and parking.

The Gustave Sokol Program on private international law was established in 1976 under a grant from the Gustave Sokol Fund.

All sessions will take place Tuesday, April 6, in the Law School's Withers-Brown Hall, Room 154.

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
(Lobby, Withers-Brown Room 154)

9 a.m.
Dean Paul Mahoney, University of Virginia School of Law

9:15-11 a.m.
Criminal Liability
Moderator: John K. Setear, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

"United States Policy and the International Criminal Court"
Michael P. Scharf, Professor of Law and Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

"Criminal Liability for Offenses Committed in State/Non-State Asymmetric Urban Conflict: What Standards Apply?"
David Graham, Executive Director, the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School

"National Enforcement of Universal Jurisdiction Crimes"
Sarah H. Cleveland, Counselor on International Law, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (invited)

11 a.m.

11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Civil Liability
Moderator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

"Liability of the United States Government for 'Taking' of Foreign Claims"
John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law, UVA School of Law

"Enforcing Alien Tort Claims Judgments"
Beth Stephens, Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law - Camden

1-2:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Diane F. Orentlicher, Deputy, Office of War Crimes Issues, U. S. Department of State

2:30-4 p.m.
Civil Liability (continued)
Moderator: John C. Harrison, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

"Enforcing Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) Judgments"
Steven A. Perles, Senior Attorney, Perles Law Firm

"Enhancing Effectiveness in State to State Espousal of Human Rights Claims"
David J. Bederman, K. H. Gyr Professor in Private International Law, Emory University School of Law

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