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ARC conducting Humanitarian Law Conference

November 7, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

JAMESTOWN - The American Red Cross of Southwestern New York, in conjunction with the Robert H. Jackson Center, will be conducting a Humanitarian Law Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

This conference, held at the Robert H. Jackson Center at 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, will introduce local teachers to the American Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum and help local educators learn the skills for teaching international humanitarian law in their classrooms.

The event will feature several key speakers, including a live conversation with Ammar Abdulhamid, a leading Syrian human rights and pro-democracy activist. The event will also feature two American Red Cross speakers - Winnie Romeril, an international humanitarian law instructor, and Kathy Burch, an exploring humanitarian law master educator and assistant director of the Southwestern NY Chapter.

"The American Red Cross Exploring Humanitarian Law curriculum offers teachers in our area the ability to educate their students on the laws that respect life and human dignity, even in war," Burch said. "In addition to educating our teachers on how to teach the Red Cross EHL program to their students, we are pleased to be able to conduct a live conversation with Mr. Abdulhamid. He is a leading Syrian human rights and pro-democracy activist and his experiences in Syria shed light on the need for Humanitarian Laws worldwide."

An important focus at the event will be how the EHL program works with New York State Common Core Standards.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about Justice Robert H. Jackson and Nuremberg.

"The Jackson Center is a global source of information on the life, works, words and legacy of Justice Jackson and his extraordinary life and contributions to constitutional and international law," Burch said.

The Jackson Center, through its comprehensive, ever-developing digital archive, makes primary documents, film, audio, photographs and other resources on Jackson, the legal profession, the Franklin Roosevelt Administration, the Supreme Court of the United States, constitutional law and international law available around the world.

The conference is open to any teachers in the Chautauqua County area. To register or for more information, visit or call 664-5115. There is a registration fee of $10 which includes the EHL educational manual and dinner, catered by Elegant Edibles.

The American Red Cross is a United Way agency.



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