Post date: April 9, 2001 -- 1:15 p.m.
More than 12 years after the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, verdicts were handed down in the trial of the two men accused of the crime. On Wednesday, April 11, the Harvard International Law Journal will present a panel discussion to evaluate the aftermath of the verdict that sent one man, Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi, to jail for the murder of 270 people, and another, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, home to Libya—his name cleared in a court of law, if not in the court of public opinion.
The discussion will evaluate the impact of the unique trial on international criminal law, responses to terrorism, and the ability of victims of terrorism to seek redress for themselves and their families.
The event—which is open to the public—will be held in Hauser Hall 102 at 4 p.m. The following panelists are scheduled to attend:
Alfred Rubin - An expert on public international law and professor at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Rubin is a frequent commentator on the legal aspects of American Foreign Policy.
Michael Scharf - An expert on international criminal law who helped create the UN sanctions against Libya after the Flight 103 bombing, Scharf served at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser as counsel to the Counter-Terrorism Bureau. He is currently working on a book concerning the Lockerbie bombing criminal verdicts.
Mark Zaid - Recently profiled in the National Law Journal, Zaid is legal counsel to 40 families of passengers killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in their lawsuit against the Libyan Government.
Laura Donohue (moderator) - Donohue is an expert on terrorism and responses to terrorism in the United Kingdom. Having received her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in England, she currently serves as a fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.