Can Spain prosecute a former American attorney general for war crimes, even if America and many other countries believe the alleged actions were entirely lawful? A panel of constitutional and international legal scholars will examine that and other questions of authority and jurisdiction in a time of terrorism Feb. 26 at the University of Richmond School of Law.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom. It is approved for 1.5 Virginia MCLE credits. MCLE forms will be available at the door.

Speakers will examine the process by which a court derives power over a foreign national, the legitimacy of the underlying authority, the methods by which international jurisdiction is obtained and the differences between domestic laws and international conventions that purport to bring foreign nationals under the jurisdiction of a particular country, and other topics.

The symposium is sponsored by the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business. Speakers include:

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean, Irvine School of Law, University of California, and distinguished professor of law with a joint appointment in political science.

Anthony Clark Arend, professor of government and foreign service and director of the master of science in foreign service, Georgetown University, and adjunct professor, Georgetown University Law Center.

Mary Ellen O’Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and research professor of international dispute resolution, University of Notre Dame School of Law.

Jeremy A. Rabkin, professor of law, George Mason University School of Law

John. F. Preis, professor of law, Richmond School of Law, will moderate. Preis said, “In the past, there has been significant agreement about the nature of war crimes. With the recent war on terror, however, the definition of a war crime has become harder to pin down. Many countries now believe U.S. officials have committed war crimes, and some—notably, Italy, Spain and Germany—have indicted individuals, including Bush administration officials Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales.”

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Symposium Editor

Richmond Journal of Law and Global Business

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