JAMESTOWN – [MEDIA RELEASE] – The Robert H. Jackson Center will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the London Agreement and Charter and the establishment of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuremberg with a free global webinar on Saturday, August 8, 2020 – live at 9 a.m. EDT.
“As Justice Jackson said in his opening statement at Nuremberg, the trial was ‘one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason,’ and the trials, the groundwork necessary to bring them to fruition, and the subsequent development of international law should be celebrated. We will commemorate these historic events and discuss how the legacy of Robert H. Jackson and the Nuremberg Trials live in the world today,” said Jackson Center President, Kristan McMahon. “We are excited to work with a number of international organizations and an excellent group of panelists for this discussion.”
- Welcome: Kristan McMahon, President of the Robert H. Jackson Center
- Greetings: Ben Ferencz, Investigator of Nazi war crimes & the chief prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial
- Historical overview: John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law at St. John’s University, Elizabeth S. Lenna Fellow and Board member at the Robert H. Jackson Center
- Introduction of moderator: Michael Scharf, Dean, Case Western Reserve School of Law
- From the Robert H. Jackson Center:
- David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone
- James Johnson, Prosecutor, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone
- Leila Sadat, Director, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor,
- James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law
- From London:
- Andrew Cayley, CMG QC, Director Service Prosecutions, Chief Military Prosecutor British Armed Forces
- Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association
- William A. Schabas, OC MRIA, Professor of International Law, School of Law, Middlesex University, London, Professor of International Criminal Law and Human Rights at Leiden University
- From Nuremberg:
- Henrike Claussen, Director, Memorium Nuremberg Trials
- Navi Pillay, President of the Advisory Council, International Nuremberg Principles Academy
- Klaus Rackwitz, Director, International Nuremberg Principles Academy
On August 8, 1945 the United States, England, France and the Soviet Union signed the London Agreement. The London Agreement & Charter established the structure, jurisdiction, and crimes for the Nuremberg Trials. For two months during the summer of 1945, Robert H. Jackson and his team, which included his son William E. Jackson, worked to achieve a consensus among the Allies, find a location for the trials, preserve evidence, and begin developing the trial strategy. Jackson’s energy, intelligence, and leadership directed the London Conference. The Charter defined the crimes the defendants could be charged with: crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, which became the basis for modern international humanitarian law and the International Criminal Court.
Preregistration for this free webinar is required. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email to the webinar once they have registered. The webinar will be offered in English only and will be recorded. Register online at www.roberthjackson.org/event/the-age-of-robert-h-jackson-london-nuremberg-today/ or by calling 716-483-6646.
This program is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Robert H. Jackson Center and the Whitney R. Harris Lectureship Fund and our program partners: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, International Nuremberg Principles Academy, the International Bar Association, and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.
The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.