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Prof. Mark Drumbl Contributes to Online Symposium

December 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl recently contributed to the online symposium Greenwalt’s International Criminal Law for Retributivists.  The online symposium is hosted by James G. Stewart of the University of British Columbia Law Faculty at http://jamesgstewart.com.  

The symposium discusses Sasha Greenwalt‘s recent article, International Criminal Law for Retributivists.  Professor Drumbl is joined by the article’s author, Adil Haque, Rob Sloane and Meg deGuzman.  

Professor Drumbl’s post is entitled Adjectival Retributivism: A tale of Theory as Empath.

Prof. Mark Drumbl Speaks at Post-Conflict Justice Conference at The Hague

December 11, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl will participate at a conference this week at The Hague, the Netherlands.  The conference, “Impact and Effectiveness of the International Criminal Court”, will be held on December 11-12, 2014.   It is sponsored by the Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies.

Professor Drumbl will speak on a panel titled “Approaches Towards the Nexis Between Peace and Justice, Including Treatment of the Interests of Justice”.

The full conference program is available here.

Prof. Drumbl Presents at Conference at the University of Copenhagen

December 1, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl spoke at a conference last week in Denmark at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Excellence for International Courts.  The conference, “New Practices of Transnational Criminal Law”, was held on November 27th and 28th.

The conference focused on the creation and circulation of new practices of transnational criminal law in and between international, European and national criminal jurisdictions.  Professor Drumbl presented his paper “Extracurricular International Criminal Law”.

The full conference program is available here.

About ‘Extracurricular International Criminal Law':

Much ink has been spilled in assessing how international criminal law informs the curriculum of domestic criminal law. Might international criminal law nonetheless, and perhaps unexpectedly, stray elsewhere in domestic law? When it comes to domestic legal practice, might international criminal law cast a somewhat longer shadow or leave a somewhat haler legacy?

This project begins to address these questions by unpacking the jurisprudential footprints of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in domestic litigation in the United States under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). The ATS allows victims of human rights abuses to file tort-based lawsuits against their abusers for violations of the laws of nations (taken to mean customary international law). This project surveys US federal court citation to ICTR case-law and materials; discusses recent moves by US courts to restrict application of the ATS (though several cases continue); and situates references by US judges to the ICTR’s work within the broader context of their citation to the jurisprudential outputs of other international penal institutions whether past or present. 

This project then gestures towards a broader conversation regarding the relationship between penal law and tort law in redressing human rights abuses and the migration of international norms to the national level in different but cognate legal regimes. Also of note are the distortions that may arise when international criminal law norms become applied in extracurricular fashion. On the one hand, extracurricular circulation may ensure wider awareness and internalization of international criminal law. On the other hand, it is not assured that the content of the law thusly diffused is accurately appreciated by national judges, or is even capable of predictable appreciation, thereby threatening international law’s general aspirations of doctrinal consistency, universalism, and legitimacy. Alternatively, and pithily, divergent understandings among national judges as to the substantive content of international law (as well as who is an appropriate subject thereof) may suggest no more than the appositeness of elemental insights of legal realism. The availability of international law may simply, and unromantically, accord judges another tool or device for them to achieve what they wish.

Prof. Drumbl Presents at Conference to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of the UN CRC

November 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl recently presented at a conference in Leiden, The Netherlands, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The event drew over three hundred participants: academics, UN officials, practitioners, and activists.

Professor Drumbl spoke on a roundtable that discussed at future agenda for children’s rights, in particular, how to transcend the notion of juveniles as passive victims and the need to develop more refined senses of agency, capacity, responsibility and citizenship.
The conference program is available here.

Prof. Mark Drumbl to Speak at University of Georgia

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl will speak at the upcoming The Georgia Journal and of International & Comparative Law Conference 2014:  Children & International Criminal Justice.  The conference will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Professor Drumbl will participate in a panel discussion with Kerry L. Neal of Justice for Children, Professor Linda A. Malone of College of William & Mary School of law, Alec Wargo II of the Office of the Special Representative to the U.N. Secretary-General for Children & armed Conflict and Jo Becker of Human Rights Watch.

The full conference schedule is available here.

The full list of participants is here.

Prof. Mark Drumbl Publishes New Book Chapter

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl published a chapter in a newly released book, Pluralism in International Criminal Law.  

Professor Drumbl’s chapter, titled The Curious Criminality of Mass Atrocity: Diverse Actors, Multiple Truths, and Plural Responses, discusses pluralism and international criminal law through a single case: Prosecutor v. Grégoire Ndahimana (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Trial Chamber III, 2011)

Professor Drumbl speaks at Women in War Conference

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl spoke at the Women In and At War Conference held at the University of Warwick on September 18 and 19, 2014.   The conference addressed the increasing role that women play in combat, women’s role as political activists during conflict, and the issue of sexual violence in war.

Professor Drumbl chaired a roundtable discussion on Girl Child Soldiers and gave a talked titled “After War: Masculinities and Femininities in Transitional Justice”.

The full conference program is available here.

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