In the Spring of 2012, Albany Law School will begin its tribute to one of its most distinguished alums, Justice Robert Jackson, class of 1912.   Justice Jackson was Chief Counsel for the United States at the Nuremberg Trials.  He served as U.S. Attorney General and as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Jackson was essential to equal rights in the United States as he voted to end segregation in the historic opinion Brown v. The Board of Education.  So important was the case to him that he left his hospital bed to be in Court when the decision was handed down.  He is also remembered for having dissented in Korematsu where he criticized the majority decision in the Supreme Court for ratifying the racially discriminatory internment of Japanese Americans. In other cases, he wrote in favor of religious minorities.

He enjoyed international acclaim with his work against the Nazis at Nuremberg as well as in the creation of the International Military Tribunal which, many years later, led to the creation of the International Criminal Court.

Albany Law School will be hosting a series of events to commemorate the work of Justice Jackson, culminating with Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, between 12th and 14th of April, 2012 at Albany Law School.  The conference will feature keynotes from leading jurists including Judge Abdul Koroma of the International Court of Justice, Dr. Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, and, delivering the Jackson Keynote, Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

We look forward to hosting this important event and we want to involve the Albany Law School community.  Students are encouraged to be student ambassadors for those visiting the law school.  For more information about being an ambassador, or about how your student group can get involved, please email Kevin Ramakrishna, Esq., ’09 Special Assistant for Academic Instruction and Research at: krama@albanylaw.edu  or contact Professor James Thou Gathii, Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship and Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law.