California Western -- 2007-2008 Joint Speaker Series

2007-2008 California Western/UCSD Speaker Series
The Future of International Humanitarian Law

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law and the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies at the University of California, San Diego are pleased to present their fifth annual Joint Speaker Series: The Future of International Humanitarian Law.

The "war on terror" has raised new questions about the nature and scope of international humanitarian law.

  • When does an “armed conflict” exist,
    triggering application of this body of law?
  • What protections does the law of war
    offer combatants and non-combatants?
  • Who must observe its requirements?
  • How is international humanitarian
    law implemented?


The distinguished participants in the 2007–2008 Joint Speaker Series examine these questions from a variety of perspectives. They look at the rights and responsibilities of the military, non-governmental organizations, international criminal tribunals, the U.S. government, and private contractors in areas of conflict as they reflect on the future of international humanitarian law.

Events at UCSD will take place in the Social Sciences Building and those at California Western will be held in the Gafford Moot Courtroom. Please RSVP for events at California Western to or (619) 525-1686. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information please call (619) 525-1430.


View a PDF version of the 2007-2008 Joint Speaker Series brochure



February 21, 2008
Ambassador David Scheffer

Northwestern University Law School
"The End of Exceptionalism in War Crimes"
4 p.m., UCSD, SSB 108

David Scheffer is the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997–2001). Scheffer was deeply engaged in the creation of and U.S. support for the international criminal tribunals during the Clinton administration, leading the U.S. delegation during the U.N. negotiations on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. During the first term of the Clinton administration, Scheffer served as senior adviser and counsel to the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council. He has published extensively on international law and politics.

March 27, 2008
Professor Laura Dickinson

University of Connecticut School of Law
"Outsourcing War and Peace"
12:10 p.m., California Western

Laura Dickinson is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. During 2006-2007, Dickinson was a visiting research scholar and visiting professor in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University. She also has served as a senior policy adviser to Harold Hongju Koh, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor at the U.S. Department of State, and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Harry Blackmun and Stephen Breyer. Her work on transitional justice, legal responses to terror, foreign affairs privatization, and the relationship between international and domestic law is widely published. She is currently at work on a book, entitled Outsourcing War and Peace, which focuses on foreign aid and the increasing privatization of military functions.

April 24, 2008
Professor Diane Amann

University of California, Davis School of Law
"Lacunae and International Humanitarian Law"
4 p.m., UCSD, SSB 107

Diane Amann is a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and a professor of law at the University of California, Davis School of Law. Amann previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and practiced federal criminal defense law in San Francisco. Her scholarship examines law’s response to globalization and, in particular, the interaction of national, regional, and international legal regimes at play in efforts to combat atrocity and cross-border crime. Among her recent publications is “Abu Ghraib,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2005), which was named article of the year by the American section of the International Association of Penal Law.

Speaker Series Sponsors

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western offers an enriched J.D. curriculum in international and comparative law. The classroom emphasis on theory and practice is complemented with curricular programs that highlight the role of international law in today’s global economy. The program also promotes scholarly work in international and comparative law through faculty development, research support, and scholarly exchange.

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) promotes research on international, comparative, and cross-regional topics at the University of California, San Diego. IICAS coordinates and supports faculty research in departments, area studies programs, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). It is closely associated with undergraduate and graduate education in international studies, including Eleanor Roosevelt College, the undergraduate international studies major, and IR/PS.


American Branch of the International Law Association

Previous Events:

September 10, 2007
Professor Charles Swift

Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy (ret.)
Emory University School of Law
"Guantánamo and Other War Crimes"
12:10 P.M., California Western

Charles Swift is a visiting professor at Emory University School of Law and acting director of Emory’s International Humanitarian Law Clinic. Swift retired from active service in the United States Navy in August 2007, as a lieutenant commander in the Judge Advocate General Corps. Prior to retirement, Swift was assigned as a defense counsel in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel in the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions, where he represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan in the landmark case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Swift has represented more than 150 service members in military justice proceedings and served as lead military counsel in more than 20 contested courts-martial. In 2006, the National Law Journal named Swift one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

November 8, 2007
Professor Harvey Rishikof

National Defense University
"International Humanitarian Law, Foreign Policy, and the Limitations of Power"
4 p.m., UCSD, SSB 104

Harvey Rishikof is a professor of law at the National War College in Washington, D.C., and former chair of the Department of National Security Strategy. He specializes in the areas of national security, civil and military courts, terrorism, international law, civil liberties, national security law, civilian/military relations, and the U.S. Constitution. As legal counsel to the deputy director of the FBI (1997–1999), Rishikof focused on FBI policies concerning national security and terrorism, and served as liaison to the Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Rishikof’s most recent publication is “Morality, Ethics, and Law in the War on Terrorism (The Long War),” in the West Point Terrorism Series Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century: International Perspectives.

November 15, 2007
Gabor Rona - View Photos from Rona's Presentation

Human Rights First
"Bull in a China Shop: U.S. Treatment of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the 'War on Terror'”
12:10 p.m., California Western

Gabor Rona is the international legal director of Human Rights First. He advises Human Rights First programs on questions of international law and coordinates international human rights litigation. He also represents Human Rights First with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the media, and the public on matters of international human rights and international humanitarian law. Rona was previously legal advisor in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. At the ICRC he focused on the application of international humanitarian and human rights law in the context of counter-terrorism policies and practices and he represented the ICRC in connection with the establishment of international and other criminal tribunals, including the International Criminal Court.