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The United Nations Genocide Convention: A 60th Anniversary Commemoration

Friday, April 4, 2008 from 8:45 AM to 7:00 PM
Rutgers University School of Law, Newark Campus

Image In December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. While the Genocide Convention will mark its sixtieth anniversary later this year, the debate concerning the role of the international community in preventing and punishing genocide is no less animated than it was following World War II.

On behalf of Rutgers Law Review, I would like to invite you to attend our 2008 Symposium entitled "The United Nations Genocide Convention: A 60th Anniversary Commemoration." On Friday, April 4, 2008, Rutgers Law Review, in conjunction with the Rutgers Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, will host a gathering of international scholars to reflect on the past, present, and future of the Convention.

Our morning panel will discuss the events that led to the drafting and ratification of the Genocide Convention, as well as its history, and its future. Our second panel will reflect on the application of the Convention by examining case studies involving international tribunals that have assembled since its ratification. In the afternoon, our panel will examine the legal duty to prevent genocide that is imposed on the international community by the Convention.

The Symposium will be held at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, 123 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey, beginning with introductions at 9:00 a.m. Our keynote speaker, Juan E. Mendez of the International Center for Transitional Justice and 2007 recipient of a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Quebec at Montreal, will close the symposium at 5:30 p.m. We will also serve a complimentary breakfast and lunch, and our keynote address will be followed by a cocktail reception.

In the sincere hope that you will be able to attend and help us to make this symposium a success, I am enclosing a registration form and a tentative agenda of the day's events. There is no fee to attend the symposium, but advance registration is required and may be completed by mail or email.

For more information, please feel free to contact Megha Jonnalagadda, the Symposium Editor for Rutgers Law Review at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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