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The MSBA's Criminal Law Section Presents


"International Criminal Court: An Overview, the U.S. Role and Victim Participation"

Join members of the MSBA Criminal Law Section for an update on the International Criminal Court, including an overview of the ICC, the U.S. relationship with the ICC and a comparison of the ICC to U.S. criminal trials. Following the program, join your colleagues for a happy hour reception.

An Overview of the International Criminal Court | Presented by Barbara Frey, Director, University of Minnesota Human Rights Program
The International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, became operational in July 2002 as the first international judicial body capable of trying individuals for the most serious crimes, including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression. This presentation will describe the structure and jurisdiction of this important new international institution. Questions addressed include: How does the Court operate? Who are the judges? How are cases brought? and What is the role of States in the decisions of this judicial institution?

The ICC and the USA: Engaged, But Not Yet Married | Presented by Duane W. Krohnke, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota School of Law
Although the United States was instrumental in the formation of the post-World War II and ad hoc tribunals and was an important participant in the Rome Conference that drafted the ICC's Rome Statute, the U.S. is not a party to that treaty. We will review the very different U.S. relationship with the ICC in the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama Administrations. Also to be examined is the U.S. ability to preempt any ICC investigation or prosecution of U.S. nationals. Finally we will review U.S. federal courts' use of the Rome Statute in cases under the Alien Tort Statute (28 U.S.C. sec. 1450).

Victim's Participation at the ICC, and other differences between ICC procedure and American Criminal Law | Presented by John Fossum
This presentation will provide a comparison between the procedures at the International Criminal Court in The Hague as compared to criminal cases in America. Namely, the role of victim participation in ICC trials will be highlighted and discussed.

Following the three presentations, the speakers will engage in a panel discussion regarding the International Criminal Court. Audience participation in this discussion will be encouraged.


Duane Krohnke, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota School of Law

John Fossum, Fossum Law Office, LLC
John L. Fossum is admitted to practice at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and serves as practitioner faculty for the University of Phoenix teaching business law, criminal law and ethics.

Barbara Frey, Director, University of Minnesota Human Rights Program

3.75 hours of Standard CLE credits approved
Event Code: 152989



Date:   Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time:   12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location:   Hilton Garden Inn
1975 Rahncliff Court
Eagan, MN 55122 

Join your colleagues following the seminar from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for a happy hour reception hosted by the MSBA Criminal Law Section.


Section Members:  $15.00
Join the Section and attend for FREE:  $15.00
MSBA Members (But Not Criminal Law Section Members):  $25.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00
Public/Legal Services Employees:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing/webcasting is available. To request teleconference/webcast instructions, contact Elyse Farnsworth on or before March 29, 2011.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336