“Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward” will take place at Albany Law School from April 12 through 14 and will feature:

Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague

Judge Abdul Koroma, International Court of Justice

Dr. Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice and President, Kenyan Supreme Court

Adama Dieng, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda


And dozens of leading academics, scholars and international law experts

“The conference will bring together a stellar group of practitioners, scholars and policy-makers to discuss how rules of international law are helping establish and consolidate systems of accountability in Africa and what lessons other countries may learn from this experience,” said Professor James Gathii, the associate dean for research and scholarship at Albany Law School and a leading international law scholar with particular expertise on developing countries and international law.

Deputy Prosecutor Bensouda, soon to be chief prosecutor in June, will deliver the Annual Justice Jackson Lecture on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 4.00 p.m. to kick-off the conference. The ICC prosecutes individuals for the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes when countries are unable and unwilling to do so.

The conference, “Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward,” is open to the public and is one of several in a series of Justice Robert H. Jackson ’12 Centennial events. Robert Jackson ’12, one of the law school’s most esteemed graduates, served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1941 until his death in 1954. In 1945 he served as the chief prosecutor for the United States in the Nuremberg Trials, which tried the Nazi leaders after World War II.  For more information, visit http://www.africanlaw.org/ or http://www.albanylaw.edu/robertjackson.