Program for International Legal Studies announces Fall 2010 Speaker Series

The Program for International Legal Studies at Wayne State University Law School has announced the lineup for its Fall 2010 Speaker Series.

"Wayne Law is proud to host a series that features such a remarkable group of internationally known experts," said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the program. "Each of the talks will be on an issue very much in the news, and the speakers will offer an exciting mix of scholarly insight and provocative commentary."

The Fall 2010 Speaker Series features:

Thursday, Sept. 9

"Prosecuting international crimes: The cases of Abu Ghraib and Chuckie Taylor"

Christopher Graveline, assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan

Wednesday, Sept. 22

"In search of a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict: The relevance of international law"

Tom Farer, former dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States

Wednesday, Oct. 6

"Miranda rights for terrorism suspects?"

Mark Denbeaux, professor and director of the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall Law School

Wednesday, Oct. 13

"The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia"

Jeffrey Pryce, an attorney with Steptoe and Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

"The new crime of aggression before the International Criminal Court"

Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School

These events will take place in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at 12:15-1:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public and lunch will be served.

The series kicks off with a lecture by Christopher Graveline, an assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan who will speak on "Prosecuting International Crimes: the cases of Abu Ghraib and Chuckie Taylor."

Graveline will draw on his experiences in two high-profile international prosecutions. In 2008 Graveline was one of the attorneys responsible for the successful human rights prosecution of Chuckie Taylor, the son of the former Liberian dictator, Charles Taylor, for torture.

As a prosecutor with the U.S. Army, Graveline also was involved in the major criminal cases stemming from the 2004 Abu Ghraib scandal. Graveline's book describing his Abu Ghraib experiences, The Secrets of Abu Ghraib Revealed: American Soldiers on Trial, was published in June 2010 by Patomac Books.

"Chris Graveline was involved in two of the most fascinating international criminal prosecutions in the U.S. judicial system," said Fox. "The fallout from Abu Ghraib continues to this day and the case against Chuckie Taylor marked the first time the federal government used the statute enacted by Congress to implement the United Nations Convention Against Torture. We're thrilled to welcome him to Wayne Law to give his insights into these fascinating cases."

Published: Mon, Aug 30, 2010