International Humanitarian Law Dialogs Aug. 25-27 at Chautauqua

CHAUTAUQUA – The seventh annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs is an historic gathering of renowned international prosecutors from Nuremberg, The International Criminal Court, The International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, The Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

The prosecutors will be joined by leading professionals in the field of International Humanitarian Law. The 2013 installation of the Dialogs, which will be held Sunday through Tuesday at the Chautauqua Institution, offers a look at the impact of modern international law on war crimes and crimes against humanity, focusing on the theme, “The Long Hot Summer After The Arab Spring: Accountability and the Rule of Law.”

The sessions are free (with the exception of meals) and open to the public. For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.

Highlights of the Dialogs include updates from the current prosecutors, a panel discussion on the Legal/Policy Issues Stemming from the Arab Spring, “Porch-Sessions with the Prosecutors” featuring a variety of focused topics relating to the Arab Spring, and the issuance of the seventh Chautauqua Declaration by all the prosecutors in attendance.

In addition, there will be a special film presentation of “Dictator in the Dock” at 2 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Chautauqua Cinema. Tickets are available for purchase directly from the theater.

Filmgoers will be immersed in the high drama of the courtroom as they view the entire genocide trial of a Guatemalan dictator and military commander.