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Hague, Washington officials to participate in conference on war crimes
STANFORD -- A conference on war crimes and criminals marking the 50th anniversary of the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials will be held at Stanford University Oct. 10-12. Members of U.S. prosecuting teams at both trials will participate, as will Justice Richard Goldstone, chief prosecutor of the current Hague International Court on War Crimes.
Scholars from 14 Stanford divisions and speakers from other educational institutions, government agencies and organizations will participate. The conference was organized by the California Institute of International Studies, an independent organization of people interested in foreign affairs founded by Ronald Hilton, a Stanford professor emeritus and visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution.
The conference begins Thursday, Oct. 10, with a 2 p.m. discussion of Nazi Germany and an evening session with documentary films and a discussion of the role of the media in reporting on war crimes and trials.
Sessions on Friday, Oct. 11, will deal with bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil War and with the current civil war in the Basque region of Spain; the Nuremberg and Tokyo war crime tribunals after World War II; war crimes in the Soviet Union and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers and former Congress Paul McCloskey Jr., who opposed the Vietnam War, will participate in the discussion of Southeast Asia along with Douglas Pike, the director of the Indochina Archives at the University of California-Berkeley.
In addition to Bosnia and Rwanda, Saturday sessions will center on Kashmir, the Middle East and Latin America. A luncheon at the Bechtel International Center on Saturday will honor Justice Goldstone and founders of Stanford's Latin American Studies program.
Registration before Sept. 30 is $30 for the entire conference including receptions and the luncheon. Registration for Saturday sessions costs $15, and there is a $10 charge for attending any single session. (Later registrations of each type are $5 more.) To register, send checks to Ronald Hilton, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA 94305-6010 or contact him via e-mail at Hilton@Stanford.edu or Natasha Minsker at email@example.com.
Sessions will be in the CERAS Auditorium, with the exception of the 4 p.m. session on Saturday, which will be held in Kresge Auditorium. Parking is available in a lot at Mayfield Avenue and Lagunita Drive.
The tentative agenda follows:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 (Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the CERAS Auditorium.)
2 p.m. Nazi Germany
4 p.m. Reception
7.30 p.m. The Role of the Media
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
9 a.m. The Spanish Civil War: Guernica and Its Aftermath
10 a.m. The Nuremberg War Tribunal
11 a.m. Soviet War Crimes
2 p.m. East Asia: The Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal
4 p.m. Southeast Asia
5 p.m. Timothy Wirth, undersecretary of state for global affairs, will speak on "Thinking About the 21st Century."
7 p.m. U.S. Policy Toward War Crimes
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
9 a.m. South Asia
10 a.m. The Middle East
11 a.m. Africa
Noon. Luncheon at Bechtel International Center
2 p.m. Latin America
3 p.m. Ex-Yugoslavia
4 p.m. The International War Crimes Tribunals
5 p.m. Reception at Bolivar House
7 p.m. Conclusions
A closing session will include David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, speaking on "Nuremberg and Nuclear Weapons"; James D. Morrow, a senior research fellow of the Hoover Institution, on "Can the Laws of War Work?"; and Kurt T. Gaubatz, a Stanford political scientist speaking on "The Law of W