Prosecuting Terrorism and International Crimes

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SIU Law Journal Symposium "Prosecuting Terrorism and International Crimes"

April 21, 2017

8:30 a.m. Check-in/registration
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Evergreen Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room 285
74 Circle Dr., Edwardsville, IL 
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As international and terrorism crimes have significantly escalated in recent decades, national and international justice systems have wrestled with questions about the best forum and methods of prosecuting these crimes. Because terrorism and other international crimes impact both international relations and domestic politics, there are political debates over the proper criminal jurisdiction to adjudicate these cases. And, because these crimes can be particularly difficult to investigate and prosecute, there are significant practical questions about which tribunals are most competent and effective to hear the cases, and what are the best practices for uncovering evidence and securing convictions.  

This symposium takes up these questions, examining terrorism crimes and international criminal law and tribunals through a series of panels. Participants will discuss examples of recent and notable terrorism prosecutions, whether terrorism and international crimes should be prosecuted in domestic or international courts, and available resources and difficulties with gathering evidence for the prosecution of these crimes. Participants will focus, in particular, on protecting the integrity and effectiveness of the investigative process and legal proceedings when prosecuting terrorism crimes. 

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PANEL 1 - TERRORISM CRIMES: DEFINITIONS, DEVELOPMENTS AND CASE STUDIES

Moderator: Dean and professor Cynthia Fountaine

“Criminal Prosecution of Terrorism in Germany”

DR. HANS-JOACHIM LUTZ, Judge at the Higher Regional Court in Munich, Germany.

"Applications of Federal Court Sentencing Enhancements for Terrorism”

DR. PINKY WASSENBERG, professor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois Springfield.

“German Law Criminalizing Membership in Foreign Terrorist Organizations"

DR. MANFRED DAUSTER, presiding judge at the Higher Regional Court of Appeals in Munich, Germany.


PANEL 2 - Comparing International and National Approaches to Prosecuting Terrorism and International Crimes

Moderator: Associate professor Lucian Dervan

“The German Approach to Combatting Terrorism and Comparisons with International Courts Approach”

DR. MANFRED DAUSTER, presiding judge at the Higher Regional Court of Appeals in Munich, Germany.

“Prosecution of Material Support for Terrorism in the U.S. Before and After Holder

DR. BENJAMIN BRICKER, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

“The Untold Story of the Saddam Trial”

SENATOR PAUL SCHIMPF, 58th District of Illinois, chief American advisor to prosecutors in the trial of Saddam Hussein.


PANEL 3 - DIFFICULTIES WITH EVIDENCE GATHERING IN TERRORISM AND INTERNATIONAL CRIME CASES

Moderator: Associate dean and professor Chris Behan

"Issues with Evidence Gathering in International Criminal Law”

LUCIAN DERVAN, associate professor, SIU School of Law.

“Evidence Gathering in Terrorism Cases in Germany”

DR. HANS-JOACHIM LUTZ, Judge at the Higher Regional Court in Munich, Germany.

“Use of Classified Information in Criminal Prosecution of Terrorism Crimes”

BRUCE MACKAY, Defense Intelligence Agency Directorate of Operations chair, National Intelligence University.


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