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U.S. Attorney General Janet RenoAttorney General Janet Reno Invited to Give Keynote Address at Conference Marking 40th Anniversary of Virginia Journal of International Law

March 14, 2000 -- U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno has been invited to speak at the University of Virginia School of Law at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1. Her talk, open to the public in Caplin Auditorium, is scheduled to be the keynote address of a conference marking the 40th anniversary of the student-edited Virginia Journal of International Law.

The conference also will feature afternoon panel discussions at the Miller Center of Public Affairs by international law experts closely involved with or close observers of two current issues: the recent extradition proceedings involving Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet and the development of a new permanent International Criminal Court.

Reno, who has been in office since March 1993, when she became the country’s first woman to serve as attorney general, has been invited to speak on issues related to international criminal law.

At 1:30 p.m. at the Miller Center, a panel on the Pinochet extradition case will feature Clive Nicholls, the British lawyer who headed Pinochet’s legal defense; Duke University law professor Michael Byers; Yale University law professor Ruth Wedgwood, and U.Va. law professor Curtis Bradley.

At 3:30 p.m. at the Miller Center, a panel will focus on the current status of establishing a permanent International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. Panelists will include Shabtai Rosenne, retired Israeli ambassador-at-large; David Scheffer, U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues; John R. Bolton of the American Enterprise Institute; and U.Va. law professor David A. Martin.

The conference is sponsored by the Virginia Journal of International Law, the oldest student-edited international law journal in the world. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the journal is recognized as one of the top scholarly publications in its field and is distributed to subscribers in 35 countries.

Reporters: A mult box for taping conference sessions will be available.

For feature stories on the Virginia Journal of International Law, contact executive editor Christopher Poggi at (804) 924-3415 or 924-3237.

Contact: Denise Forster, (804) 924-4678; Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856; Margaret Edwards, (804) 924-7889

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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