On March 13, 2008, the Fowler School of Law's Center for Global Trade and Development hosted its annual symposium at Kennedy Hall. Entitled "From Auschwitz to Darfur: The Genocide Convention at Sixty," the symposium marked the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, one of the foundational instruments of international law and human rights. As explained by the Center's Director, Professor John Hall, "From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to those of Darfur, the Genocide Convention has failed to provide the legal mechanism required to avert grotesque violations of fundamental human rights, although some important advances have occurred in recent years." The symposium brought together leading scholars, academics and practitioners to attempt to answer key questions in a format that encouraged discussion from across the political and philosophical spectrum. Ending on a hopeful note, guests and panelists were treated with a traditional Cambodian dance performance by the Khmer Arts Academy and international music by the Stefani Valadez Ensemble at a well attended reception and dinner.
Symposium Brochure (.pdf)