World Day for International Justice

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The 10th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court
The Challenges of International Justice

Find out how you can support the International Criminal Court as it works to meet the challenges of international criminal justice.

On July 17, 1998, the nations of the world joined together to agree on terms of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first and only permanent international criminal tribunal established to hold individuals accountable for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, including the use of child soldiers, and widespread rape and mutilation used as weapons of war.

Please join Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Judge Donald Shaver, Scott Johnson, Melanie Partow and others at this free event to discuss the challenges to international criminal justice, how the ICC works to meet those challenges, and how an end to impunity can foster peace in the world’s most violent areas.

WHEN: JULY 17, 2008 (currently set for 4-7 pm, please check as the date approaches)

WHERE: Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010
(Bullock’s Wilshire Tower, 2nd Floor – Corner of Westmoreland and Wilshire)

Space limited; please RSVP to or call (310) 473-0777.

Olivia Swaak-Goldman Judge Don Shaver Scott T. Johnson Melanie Partow
is an international cooperation adviser in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC. Previously, she was Senior Legal Counsel at the International Law Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for international criminal law and international humanitarian law. She has worked at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and ICTY and has published extensively on international criminal and humanitarian law. is Presiding Judge of the Stanislaus Superior Court in Modesto, California, and has been on the bench since 1990. From April to August of 2006, Judge Shaver was the first American judge to participate as a “Visiting Professional” at the International Criminal Court. He assisted the Trial Chamber with preparations for the trial of Thomas Lubanga. Judge Shaver is a Co-Chair of the International Criminal Law Committee of the ABA Section on International Law. is a trial attorney at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender. Previously, he clerked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. In 1999 and 2000, he represented the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association during United Nations Preparatory Commission sessions for the International Criminal Court. He has presented papers and given talks in the U.S. and in Europe on defendants’ rights and attorneys’ ethics in the context of international criminal law. is a Senior Associate with Helmer & Friedman, LLP, a civil rights law firm in Venice, CA. She served as a law clerk for the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and assisted his office in its first major activities. Ms. Partow frequently speaks and lectures on a variety of issues pertaining to international law, the International Criminal Court, and U.S. foreign policy, and most recently taught international human rights law


The International Criminal Court Alliance Thanks the Following Partner

The Stanley Foundation

Presented in Cooperation with

African Diaspora Foundation • American Bar Association, Section of International Law • American Branch, International Law Association
American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court • Amnesty International, USA • Armenian Bar Association
Citizens for Global Solutions • Coalition for the International Criminal Court • The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation
Human Rights Watch, Los Angeles Office • Jewish World Watch • Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section
PREVENT HATE • Program for Torture Victims • Southwestern Law School
Southern California Regional Council of Organizations • United Nations Association, USA Southern California Division