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Rabkin a Panelist in War Crimes Symposium

On February 26, Professor Jeremy Rabkin was a participant in a symposium held at the University of Richmond School of Law entitled A Collision of Authority: The U.S. Constitution and Universal Jurisdiction.

Symposium participants studied the reach of the U.S. Constitution outside the nation's borders and discussed such issues as treaty law, domestic legislation, and potential international liability of U.S. officials.

Moderator John F. Preis, professor of law, Richmond School of Law, said, "In the past, there has been significant agreement about the nature of war crimes. With the recent war on terror, however, the definition of a war crime has become harder to pin down. Many countries now believe U.S. officials have committed war crimes, and some—notably, Italy, Spain and Germany—have indicted individuals, including Bush administration officials Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales."

Joining Rabkin as panelists were Erwin Chemerinsky, dean, Irvine School of Law, University of California; Anthony Clark Arend, professor of government and foreign service, Georgetown University, and adjunct professor, Georgetown Law Center; Mary Ellen O'Connell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and research professor of international dispute resolution, University of Notre Dame School of Law.

The event was sponsored by the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business.