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First Wednesday Series - Judgement Day at Nuremberg: Reflections after 75 Years
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Before the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, there were a long series of treaties, agreements and assurances that attempted to limit the evil done in times of war and to even reduce or eliminate the threat of war itself. By trying and punishing those Nazi leaders who ignored those pacts, Nuremberg and its subsequent trials and the agreements that followed it created precedents by which the nations of the world can hold states and statesmen accountable for aggressive war, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

We will discuss the way the original trial created a set of international standards that held leaders accountable for aggression and breaking the laws of war and created the concept of crimes against humanity.

We will then follow those themes to analyze how those standards have been applied and continue being applied today. In particular, the application of the post-Nuremberg treaties and prosecution of crimes against humanity at the modern-day ad hoc tribunals and the crime of aggression at the International Criminal Court.  As part of the discussion, we will reflect on the parallels between the original trial at Nuremburg and the genocide trials before the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Mr. S. David Fript, Educational Advisor to Courtroom 600 and Co-Founder of React Learning,
Adam Weber, Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

Adam Weber is best known for his prominent role as a Trial Attorney at the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  At the ICTY, he prosecuted cases involving senior political, police, and military officials for the commission of mass atrocity crimes.  In his final case, Mr. Weber helped secure the conviction of General Ratko Mladić for genocide and crimes against humanity.  His international experience includes deployments to areas of the former Yugoslavia, Africa, the Middle East, and China. 

Mr. Weber is the Director of the Trial Advocacy LL.M. program at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Deputy Supervisor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  He also serves as an Advisory Director at Kent’s Center for National Security and Human Rights Law.  

John M. Geiringer, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano LLP, Chicago

John Geiringer is a Partner at the law firm of Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP. As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions. John teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the board of advisors of its Institute for Compliance. He is the co-editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies, Boston University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law). John serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Master of Arts in Financial Integrity (MAFI) Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.



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