Amnesty International Conference Pays Tribute to Nuremberg Tribunal

February 17-18, 2006
William H. Gates Hall

The UW School of Law hosted "Fulfilling the Legacy: International Justice 60 Years after Nuremberg," an Amnesty International Conference. The focus of this national conference was the Nuremberg legacy as it relates to international human rights issues today.

The Nuremberg Military Tribunals convened in 1945 and included the prosecution of Nazi military and political leaders. The trials are considered by many to have established the international standard for prosecuting human rights abuses. The trial's legacy has a long history with the law school. One of the Nuremberg presiding judges was law school graduate and Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Beals ('01). Justice Beals presided over the American military tribunal criminal proceedings against 23 leading German physicians and administrators.

The conference keynote address, "Genocide, Terrorism and The Rule of Law," was presented by John Shattuck, former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Shattuck's career in international human rights includes working to end the war in Bosnia, negotiating the Dayton Peace Agreement, and establishing the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

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