The Robert H. Jackson Center of Jamestown will honor Justice Robert H. Jackson's enduring legacy at an annual event honoring his birthday to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Courthouse.
The event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served at a meet and greet immediately following the presentation.
Born in Spring Creek, Pa., Robert H. Jackson will be commemorated in the county of his birth, Warren County, Pa. Jackson was a country lawyer from Chautauqua County who went on to be U.S. Solicitor General, Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice and U.S. chief prosecutor at the Nuremberg war trials. The continued relevance of Jackson's mark on history is very apparent in the impact Nuremberg had on the development of a modern international criminal court system and is the focus of the keynote lecture, "The Jackson Legacy: Prosecuting a Head of State," delivered by C. James Johnson.
Johnson, who was appointed to the position of president and chief executive officer of the Robert H. Jackson Center in 2012, formerly served as chief of prosecutions of the Special Court for Sierra Leone for more than 10 years. In that role, Johnson supervised trial and investigative teams which brought to justice persons who bore the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law.
The program will discuss the legacy of prosecuting heads of state from Nuremberg to today, as Johnson gives his first-hand account of the trial of Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, focusing on both the legal and practical issues of the trial and conviction. Taylor was convicted on 11 counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law and was sentenced to a 50-year prison term. Prior to the evening lecture, Johnson will address Warren area students during a special assembly at Warren High School.
During his military career, Johnson served for 20 years as a judge advocate in the United States Army. His tours of duty include serving as the legal adviser for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and as an assistant professor of International and Operational Law at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School. He also served as a prosecutor and international/operational law advisor to both conventional and special operations units.
Sponsors include Allegheny College, Blair Corporation, Interelectric Corporation, Russell Veterinary Hospital P.C., Whirley DrinkWorks, H. Robert Hampson, Attorney at Law, Dr. Peter and Charlene Hoffmann, and the Winans Agency Insurance.
The Robert H. Jackson Center's mission is to advance the legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson through education and exhibits, and by pursuing the relevance of his ideas now and for future generations.
The center is located at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call the Robert H. Jackson Center at 483-6646.