CHAUTAUQUA - With current events in the Middle East in mind, the Robert H. Jackson Center began its annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs.
Starting Sunday at Chautauqua Institution was "The Long Hot Summer After the Arab Spring: Accountability and the Rule of Law." The seventh-annual law dialogs, co-sponsored by the Jackson Center and running through Tuesday, will feature numerous prosecutors, invited speakers and panelists.
Why the Arab Spring?
"Just look at the world events and what's going on right now," said James Johnson, Robert H. Jackson Center president. "Right now this is a hot topic, and we'll have some of the greatest people here to discuss the conflicts."
For Johnson, keeping the dialogs topical has been important.
"We tried to make a leap this year," he said. "We decided this year's topic eight months ago, and all you have to do is look at the news because this topic is always there."
Guests will discuss the conflicts in the Arab World related to accountability and the rule of law. Among those speaking is H.R.H Price Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations. In addition, eight prosecutors will speak over the three-day event.
Johnson noted the Arab Spring has been a major geo-political event, with conflicts that have challenged the rule of law and international peace and security.
The schedule began Sunday with the arrival of prosecutors and participants for a screening and discussion of the film "500 Years" at the Chautauqua Cinema. Today, events begin at 7:30 a.m. and run through 7:30 p.m. The dialogs end Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
"The dialogs are about establishing a connection and not taking sides," Johnson said. "We're certainly pleased with who we have coming in for our discussions."
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