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June 19, 2004

A "Panel" with One Voice

It's edifying to know that the draw of Salve Regina University, in Newport, RI, is such that its panel on "War, Law and Human Rights" can attract three speakers who are so intelligent that they've all come to the same conclusion:

[David Scheffer, the U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes during the Clinton administration] spoke yesterday afternoon at Salve Regina University's Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy during a panel discussion entitled "War, Law and Human Rights: What Way Forward?"

He was joined by Christophe Girod, North America chief of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, a professor of international law at the Naval War College.

They talked about international humanitarian law and how it applies to the war in Iraq and the United States' campaigns against al-Qaida and other terrorist groups. To varying degrees, they all raised concerns about the administration's attitude toward international treaties.

No doubt, any students in attendance learned that higher skill — so crucial to success — of nodding wisely. Girod suggested that the United States is undermining international law; von Heinegg thinks the administration's reading thereof is "an abandonment of values." As one might expect, Scheffer, "the lead U.S. negotiator during the formation" of the International Criminal Court, thinks we ought submit ourselves to its jurisdiction.

I really wish I had the time (and wherewithal) to attend these things.

Posted by Justin Katz at June 19, 2004 10:03 AM
International Affairs
Comments

Does 'my dying a**' answer Mr.Scheffer?

Posted by: Mike H. at June 20, 2004 6:42 PM

Mike,

I feel like I should, but I don't get what you're saying. (It is Monday, after all.)

Posted by: Justin Katz at June 21, 2004 10:35 AM