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Screening of Battle for International Criminal Court

A free screening of a film on the International Criminal Court's struggles to prosecute atrocity crimes will take place on April 21.

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April 17, 2009 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
CHICAGO --- A free screening of a film on the International Criminal Court's uphill struggles to prosecute atrocity crimes on four continents will take place on Northwestern University's Chicago campus, followed by a discussion with a Northwestern law professor and former war crimes ambassador who was instrumental in establishing the court.

"The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court" (ICC) and the discussion led by David Scheffer, director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law, will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

The film (http://thereckoningfilm.com/press) is particularly timely considering the recent indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Like a thriller, the film follows International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo and his team as they try to change the world through a tiny court with a big mandate to prosecute powerful perpetrators of genocide and other atrocities. At every turn, Ocampo must pressure the international community to muster political will to ensure that justice prevails.

Scheffer, the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law, was the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and led the U.S. delegation in UN talks establishing the International Criminal Court.

During his ambassadorship, he negotiated and coordinated U.S. support for the establishment and operation of international and hybrid criminal tribunals and U.S. responses to atrocities anywhere in the world. Scheffer also headed the Atrocities Prevention Inter-Agency Working Group.

During the first term of the Clinton Administration, he served as senior adviser and counsel to then U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright. From 1993 through 1996, he served on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council.
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