Legal Advisor on Saddam Hussein Trial to Speak

Obama Transition Team Member to speak on the US and the International Criminal Court

“The United States and the International Criminal Court:
Precedents and Prospects”

Prof.  Michael A. Newton
Vanderbilt University School of Law

Friday, January 16, 2009, 9-10am
103 Instructional Center

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a discussion by Professor Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University School of Law on “The United States and the International Criminal Court: Precedents and Prospects.”  Prof. Newton is currently serving on a Task Force for the American Society of International Law advising the Obama transition team on US policy towards the International Criminal Court.  He is the co-author of Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein (2008 ) and over fifty articles, editorials, and book chapters on post conflict accountability and conduct of hostilities.  Prof. Newton helped write the rules of the Iraqi High Tribunal that prosecuted Saddam.From 1999 to 2002, he served in the Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State. Professor Newton negotiated the Elements of Crimes document for the International Criminal Court as part of the U.S. delegation, and coordinated the interface between the FBI and the ICTY while deploying into Kosovo to do the forensics fieldwork to support the Milosevic indictment. As the Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, he shaped a wide range of policies related to the law of armed conflict, including U.S. support to accountability mechanisms worldwide.  At Vanderbilt he teaches courses relating to international law and international criminal law. Prof. Newton served on a Working Group advising the Task Force on Genocide Prevention established by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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