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SU College of Law to host April 27 conference that will bring together a group of international attorneys and investigators involved with the Lockerbie criminal trial
SU College of Law to host April 27 conference that will bring together a group of international attorneys and investigators involved with the Lockerbie criminal trialApril 21, 2001Judy Holmesjlholmes@syr.edu
Syracuse University’s College of Law will host the conference “International Terrorism, Victims’ Rights and the Lockerbie Criminal Trial” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 in the Bond Schoeneck and King Courtroom, Room 300 of Winifred MacNaughton Hall. Guest speakers include an international group of attorneys and investigators who were involved with the Lockerbie criminal investigation and trial; victims’ family members; and legal scholars from SU, the University of Glasgow School of Law, and the Center for International Law and Policy at the New England School of Law. The conference is co-sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Department of Justice; the College of Law’s Global Law and Practice Center, directed by law professor Donna E. Arzt; and the Journal of International Law and Commerce. Arzt is also the director of the Lockerbie Trial Families Project, established under a grant from the OVC. Courtroom seating is reserved for invited participants. Seating for all others will be available in Room 200, where a live audio-video feed of the conference will be broadcast. Observers in Room 200 will be able to submit written questions to panelists about their presentations. The conference proceedings will also be published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce. The conference will include a keynote address and three panel discussions: “Victim Support: Lessons From the Lockerbie Trial Experience,” with speakers from the Justice Department’s OVC, the Scottish Crown Office, and Dumbries and Galloway Constabulary; “Legal Issues in the Lockerbie Trial,” featuring speakers who participated in and observed the trial; and “What Next for the Lockerbie Victims’ Families?” which will include Pan Am 103 victims’ family members Robert Monetti, Georgia Nucci, Jack Flynn and Dorothy Coker.
Michael P. Scharf, professor of law and director of the Center for International Law and Policy at the New England School of Law, will present the keynote address, “The Broader Meaning of the Lockerbie Trial and the Future of International Counter-Terrorism,” at 1:45 p.m. Scharf served as counsel for the Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the U.S. State Department during the early stages of the investigation of the bombing of Pan Am 103. He has spent the last eight years researching human rights and international criminal law issues. He is author of five books on international law topics regarding Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, as well as more than 30 articles on topics relating to international criminal law, international peacekeeping, alien defendants, the Yugoslavian war crimes, the need for an International Criminal Court and U.N. sanctions. Among the other conference participants: ? Norman McFadyen is regional procurator fiscal for Lothian and Borders. McFadyen has been involved in the Lockerbie criminal investigation since December 1989 and continues to have overall responsibility for the preparations by the Procurator Fiscal Service–the prosecution service in Scotland–for the trial of the two accused. ? Thomas McCulloch is senior investigative officer for the Lockerbie Enquiry for the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary. On the night of Dec. 21, 1988, McCulloch and other Scottish officers were the first to arrive on the disaster scene, and on April 5, 1999, McCulloch arrested the two Libyan suspects. ? Ann den Bieman is the family legal liaison officer for the Lockerbie Criminal Investigation Team of the Procurator Fiscal Service. She provides support, advice and information on legal matters, Scottish legal procedure and Scottish law to the Pan Am 103 victims’ family members, and she works closely with the prosecutors in court to provide the most up-to-date information possible. ? John Logue is principal deputy for the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service. Logue joined the Lockerbie Trial Team in November 1998, initially in Dumfries and later in Edinburgh. His responsibilities included recovery of debris, forensic scientific examination, and identification and sourcing of the Toshiba radio cassette recorder that contained the bomb. He also traveled to Libya to investigate the defense evidence. He will remain on the team during the appeals process. ? Kathryn M. Turman is director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) in the U.S. Justice Department. Prior to joining OVC, Turman served as chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is author of “Child Victims and Witnesses: A Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals” (published by the DOJ) and “Recovery and Reunification of Missing Children” (published by the DOJ and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). ? Clare Connelly is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow School of Law. Connelly teaches criminal law at both the basic and advanced/seminar levels. She is also the director of Glasgow School of Law’s Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit and in that capacity attended the trial on a regular basis.