International Law Students Association receives international recognition

April 06, 2007

Penn State's Dickinson School of Law chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) was honored with the Best Academic International Event chapter award at the Second Annual ILSA Spring Conference held March 29-31 in Washington, D.C. The organization earned the recognition for its symposium "How Many Genocides have Occurred during your Lifetime," moderated by Dermot Groome, a visiting professor of law at Penn State Dickinson who drafted and prosecuted the genocide charges against Slobodan Milosevic as a senior trial attorney in the Milosevic case at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

More than 100 people from the law school community, Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College attended the event held Nov. 1, in the Advantica Building in Carlisle. Many more participated via teleconference at the law school's facility in University Park.

During the symposium, five families who endured the genocidal campaign in former Yugoslavia between 1992 and 1995 discussed the plight of refugees before and during the conflict. "The experiences retold were often moving and horrific, with several interruptions as the speakers had to collect themselves," said Brian Williams, president of the Penn State Dickinson ILSA chapter.

According to Williams, the symposium reinforced the need for vigilant enforcement of the Rules of War, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and as testimony for the growing strength of the International Criminal Tribunals.

"I wish to thank all those that helped making this event a great success and especially our guests from the Bosnian community here in Carlisle for sharing their stories with us. I am sure it was not easy for them to relive the atrocities for our benefit," said Williams. "While this is a great honor for our school we should remember that genocide starts with minor discrimination, and we all must do our part to prevent these horrors from happening."

ILSA is an international student organization with more than 150 chapters located throughout the world. The Best Academic International Event award recognizes the chapter that has planned and executed a successful, well-attended event which best reflects the nature and importance of international law.

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