CLE at the Virginia Holocaust Museum: Legal Responses to War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights Atrocities

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Monday, October 15 / Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond
Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Program: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 noon - 12:45 p.m.
Optional Awards Program: 1:00 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol

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Why Attend?

  • Join us at the Virginia Holocaust Museum for two hours of live-interactive CLE focused on the international and domestic legal frameworks erected to respond to war crimes, genocide, and human rights violations
  • Stay for lunch and the annual Rule of Law Award and Civility in the Law Award ceremony sponsored by the Virginia Law Foundation

Silent enim leges inter arma—in war the laws fall silent—was said by Cicero. The German war criminals defended themselves by the related concept of Kriegsraison, that military necessity knows no law. Outside of war, sovereign states traditionally were unconstrained in how they treated, or often mistreated, their own citizens. The horrible experiences arising out of World War II, predominantly the Holocaust, finally convinced the world that legal action was necessary to address war crimes, genocide, and human rights violations. A glance at the newspaper will convince anyone that more action is needed, but to get there it is critical that we understand where we stand now.

This two-hour live-interactive CLE seminar will survey the international and domestic framework erected to respond to these mass atrocities. Specifically, we will explore:

  • War Crimes
    • When the law of armed conflict is applicable
    • Who is protected, and what is proscribed
    • Fora for trying war criminals
  • Genocide
    • The Genocide Convention, and its definition of the crime
    • Connection with the more broadly defined crimes against humanity
  • International Human Rights
    • Protection of citizens against their own government
    • The relevant instruments: Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    • Difficulties of enforcement

The CLE will be followed by lunch and an optional Rule of Law awards program sponsored by the Virginia Law Foundation.

Guests not seeking CLE credit are welcome free of charge, but must pre-register by emailing Tanya Morris at tmorris@vacle.org.

 
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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE

9:30 Registration
10:00 Legal Responses to War Crimes, Genocide, and Human Rights Atrocities
Brian J. Bill
12:00 Adjourn and lunch
1:00 Awards Program

Faculty

FACULTY

Brian J. Bill, Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia School of Law, and The Virginia Law Foundation / Charlottesville

Brian J. Bill is the Director of Seminars and a program attorney for Virginia CLE®.  He served in the U.S. Navy first as an aviator and later as a judge advocate for 28 years, retiring in 2010 at the rank of Captain.  His law degree is from Rutgers-Newark School of Law, and he also holds an LL.M. in international law from the University of Virginia School of Law.  He has taught international law, with a focus on the law of armed conflict, at the U.S. Army’s The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and currently as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEE

$160 regular registration (includes the seminar, printed materials and lunch).

Guests not seeking CLE credit are welcome free of charge, but must pre-register by emailing vacle@vacle.org.

LIVE LOCATION AND DATE

RICHMOND / Monday, October 15
Virginia Holocaust Museum (Venue Website / Google Map)
2000 E. Cary Street
(804) 257-5400


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