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“Iraq at the Crossroads: Protecting Refugees, Rescuing Our Allies, & Empowering Iraqi Law” Topic of October 24 Symposium

October 16, 2008 – 

Rutgers Law Record, a student-run, general subject, online law journal at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will host the symposium “Iraq at the Crossroads: Protecting Refugees, Rescuing Our Allies, and Empowering Iraqi Law” at the law school from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm on Friday, October 24. The event boasts such speakers as Rajiv Chandrasekaran, national editor of the Washington Post and author of the best-selling book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone; Judge Ra'id Juhi, chief investigative judge of the Saddam Hussein trial; Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ); Bob Carey, chair of Refugee Council USA; and Kirk Johnson of the List Project. The symposium will also screen three short films: “Life Interrupted: The Iraqi Refugee Crisis” by Lori Grinker, “Iraqis in Egypt: Time Is Running Out” by Joshua van Praag, and "Departed for Damascus" by Marie Maciak.

The event is the work of third-year law student and Rutgers Law Record editor-in-chief Kevin Murphy, an Iraq War veteran. During Murphy’s deployment in Baghdad as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, he witnessed first-hand the plight of Iraqi refugees and those Iraqis who became U.S. friends and allies.

The event is open to the public. A $14 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and reserves a seat. Register and pay online at www.lawrecord.com.

What:  "Iraq at the Crossroads: Protecting Refugees, Rescuing Our Allies, and Empowering Iraqi Law", symposium hosted by the Rutgers Law Record 
Who: Keynotes Speakers:
 Rajiv Chandrasekaran, the Washington Post
 Congressman Bill Pascrell, 8th District NJ
Panel I: Origins of the Iraqi Conflict and Crisis
 Sam Parker, U.S. Institute for Peace
 Erik K. Gustafson, EPIC: Promoting a Free and Secure Iraq
 Daniel Rothenberg, DePaul University College of Law
 Suhaib Nashi, Mandaean Associations Union
 Zahir Janmohamed, Amnesty International
Panel II: Iraqi Refugees: What Needs to Happen/What Is Being Done
 Bob Carey, International Rescue Committee, Refugee Council USA
 Hilary Ingraham, U.S. Department of State
 Emily Gish, Mercy Corps
 Sana Hardina, Refugee Council USA
Panel III: Leave No Friend Behind: Rescuing Our Iraqi Allies
 Kirk Johnson, the List Project
 Eric Blinderman, Proskauer Rose LLP
 Jessica Chicco, Human Rights First
 Anthony Diana, Mayer Brown LLP
Panel IV: The Way Forward – Empowering Iraqi Law to Create Peace
 Judge Ra’id Juhi, chief investigative judge, Saddam Hussein Trial
 Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh Law School
 Zareh H. Beylerian, Adjunct Professor, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
 Dan Stigall, U.S. Army JAG
When:  8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Friday, October 24, 2008
Where:  Rutgers School of Law—Newark