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The War Crimes Conference Will be Televised

The gallows has yet to be built on the Andover, Mass., town common, but this weekend brings to that bucolic town an international array of lawyers, academics and authors for the Justice Robert Jackson Conference on the Planning for Prosecution of High Level American War Criminals. As readers of this blog may recall from our prior posts (here, here and here), the announcement of the conference earlier this summer attracted controversy for  Massachusetts School of Law dean and conference organizer Lawrence Velvel's suggestion that administration officials found guilty of war crimes should be hanged. "We must insist on appropriate punishments," he said, "including, if guilt is found, the hangings visited upon top German and Japanese war-criminals in the 1940s."

Should there end up being hangings this weekend in Andover, you will be able to watch them live. Yesterday, conference organizers announced that the Sept. 13 and 14 program would be broadcast live over the Web. A page has been set up at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/warcrimesconference where anyone interested in following the proceedings can tune in live starting Saturday at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

It could be worthwhile viewing, given that the conference has lined up an impressive array of speakers. They include former Los Angeles prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, author of the book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder; Phillippe Sands, director of the Centre of International Courts and Tribunals at University College, London, and author of Torture Team: Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values; Jordan Paust, law professor and author of Beyond The Law: The Bush Administration's Unlawful Responses in the 'War' on Terror; Ann Wright, the former U.S. Army colonel who wrote Dissent:  Voices of Conscience; Peter Weiss, vice president of the Center For Constitutional Rights; Benjamin Davis, former American legal counsel for the Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration; David Lindorff, co-author of The Case for Impeachment: Legal Arguments for Removing President George W. Bush from Office; Francis Boyle, law professor and author of Breaking All the Rules: Palestine, Iraq, Iran and the Case for Impeachment.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 10, 2008 at 11:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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