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9:15 - 11:15


Plenary Session on Children & International Criminal Justice

Hatton-Lovejoy Courtroom (open to public)
  • Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, Director, Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy
  • Professor Diane Marie Amann, Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law; International Criminal Court Prosecutor's Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict


  • Professor Mark Drumbl, Washington & Lee University School of Law: Children, Armed Violence and Transition: Challenges for International Law & Policy
  • Kerry L. Neal, Child Protection Specialist, Justice for Children, UNICEF: Child Protection in Time of Armed Conflict
  • Professor Linda A. Malone, College of William & Mary/Marshall-Wythe School of Law: Interrelation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
  • Alec Wargo II, Program Officer, Office of the Special Representative to the U.N. Secretary-General for Children & Armed Conflict: Securing Prevention and Accountability for the Six Grave Violations against Children
  • Jo Becker, Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch: Civil Society's Role with Respect to Children in Armed Conflict 


  • Professor Charles C. Jalloh, Florida International University School of Law; formerly an attorney at Canada's Department of Justice and before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone

11:15 - 11:30




11:30 - 12:20


Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • Dean Rebecca H. White, University of Georgia School of Law

Keynote Address

  • Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court 
The conference will continue through the afternoon, via workshop sessions open only to expert invitees. Topics to be discussed:
Regulatory Framework (Child-specific and child-related crimes, such as recruitment and use of children, sexual violence / trafficking, education, attacks on hospitals / denial of humanitarian access; legal instruments / jurisprudence other than rome statute; children's rights and human rights law; humanitarian law; law of peace / weapons control treaties; gravity: charging and sentencing)
Witnesses, Testimony, and Witness Protection (Identifying and preparing child witnesses, in general, and with relation to specific offenses like sexual violence, against girls and boys; living conditions of children in conflict/postconflict zones; support and witness protection issues; enhancing child witness reliability / challenging of factfinding reparations)
Global Child (Children's vulnerability/victimhood/agency; developmental factors / difficulty of drawing age line; children's convention: rights and best interests; child protection and child participation: issues of consent; children in militias / conflict zones: roles and experiences; child-friendly dissemination and education)