On September 10th we organize “Celebrate-Reflect-Promote”, a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Entry-into-Force of the Rome Statute, that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in conjuction with the 225th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution in Philadelphia. This event will take place at the Free Library of Philadelphia (map).

Program September 10th, 2pm-6pm

  • Welcome address
Judge Sang-Hyun Song,
President, International Criminal Court (ICC), via webcast/video-link

  • Introduction of the ABA Center for Human Rights Initiative on the ICC
Michael S. Greco,
Chair American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights Advisory Council and Past President of the American Bar Association

  • Moderated Panel Discussion
An Historical Perspective: The US Constitution and the Rome Statute - Foundational Elements in the Establishment of a Rule of Law for International Affairs

This panel will discuss how these two seminal pieces of legislation evolved, and will reflect on the feasibility/desirability of efforts to establish a "rule of international law" pursuant to which all states and all peoples can rely on an international order based on universal human rights and equality under the law. A "living" document subject to evolving understandings, the U.S. Constitution stands as a written legal foundation bringing together numerous principles, norms and customs that establish notions of universal human rights and equality under the law. The Constitution distinguishes the U.S. as an international power that holds itself to higher standards than have “ordinary” great powers of the past. Even when U.S. foreign policy falls short of these laudable standards, a powerful example of the rule of law is set by the existence of a global power where equality and individual rights are protected under the law. After more than a century of work, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) entered into force in 2002, creating the world's first permanent international court to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. However, how legitimate are international institutions like the ICC when states like the U.S. can hold themselves to be “above international law” when and where they please? Do the establishment of the ICC and the recognition of international human rights in previous decades demonstrate a sustainable trend toward an international rule of law?

Panel Members:
Thomas Graham, Ambassador, former U.S. Special Representative for Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament
Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at Large, Global Criminal Justice, State Department
James R. Silkenat, President-elect of the American Bar Association (ABA)
John L. Washburn, Convenor of the American NGO coalition for the ICC (AMICC)
Christian Wenaweser, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, immediate past president of the ASP of the ICC

Roger S. Clark, Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Jacqueline C. Reich, Professor of Political Science of Chestnut Hill College

  • Introduction of the Philadelphia Rule of Law Model UN Project
Patrick Madden, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the USA, with support from members of PENNIAA, organizers of the Ivy League Model UN

  • End note
Don Kraus, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for Global Solutions

  • Networking Reception

CLE Credits September 10th

Two (2) CLE Credits available (at $25 per credit).

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