February 27, 2006
Professors Linda Carter and Gregory Weber served as rapporteurs and program consultants at the Brandeis Institute for International Judges “Complementarity and Cooperation: Challenges for International Justice” conference held January 3-6 in Dakar and M’bodiene, Senegal.
It was the third time that the two McGeorge faculty members have participated in the BIIJ events. The prior two programs were held in Salzburg, Austria in 2003 and 2004 at the conclusion of McGeorge’s annual Summer Salzburg program that features Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Carter and retired South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard Goldstone were co-directors of the January judicial conference. Weber served as a facilitator and moderator. With a growing number of international tribunals, BIIJ provides an opportunity for international judges to meet, discuss common issues and exchange ideas.
Three days after the conclusion of the event, Carter made a presentation on “The Death Penalty in National and International Law” at the West African Judicial Colloquium in Dakar. Other topics covered included: judicial independence; human rights treaties in Africa; the nexus among religion, custom and law in Africa; and plans to create an African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
That conference attracted judges from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. It featured simultaneous translation between French and English.
Dr. Daniel Terris and Dr. Leigh Swigart are the director and associate director, respectively, of Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.