Upcoming event: Panel on Establishment of a Special Anti-Piracy Tribunal: Prospects and Reality
February 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Two hundred years ago, piracy was recognized as the first “international” crime. Recently, piracy has re-emerged as a major problem for international commerce. In the last two years, Somali pirate attacks off the Kenyan and Somali coasts have caused over $25 billion in losses. Although the UN Security Council authorized the international community to capture Somali pirates and turn them over to Kenya for prosecution, Kenyan courts have struggled with the novel legal issues presented before them. A Kenyan High Court Judge recently ruled the Kenyan Piracy Court cannot obtain jurisdiction over captured pirates because Kenyan law lacks the requisite statute granting such jurisdiction. Prosecuting pirates involves knowledge of international treaties, criminal law, maritime law, and unusual evidentiary gathering rules, which is challenging and even dangerous. This panel will provide a basic understanding of these complex legal issues and how the many parties involved are trying to resolve this continuing international dilemma.
Moderator: Anthony Colleluori, Anthony Colleluori & Associates, PLLC, Melville, New York
Speakers: Sandra Hodgkinson, National Defense University, Alexandria, Virginia
Rosemelle Mutoka, Kenya Piracy Court Chief Judge, Kenya
Michael Scharf , Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
19 April 2012, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
A conversation with Ben Ferencz, the sole surviving American who served as a prosecutor at the Nuremburg trials of Nazi war criminals. Ferencz was Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case, which the Associated Press called “the biggest murder trial in history.” Twenty-two defendants were charged with – and convicted of – murdering over a million people. In addition to his wartime and Nuremburg experiences, Ferencz will discuss Nuremburg’s implications for the rule of law and the international criminal court.
Program Chairs & Moderators: Michael H. Byowitz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rose & Katz, New York, New York
Don Ferencz, The Planethood Foundation, New York, New York
Speaker: Ben Ferencz , New Rochelle, New York