Charles Jalloh Leads Pitt Law Faculty and Staff in Observation of Day of Reflection on Rwandan Genocide
On April 7, 2011, Assistant Professor Charles Jalloh led Pitt Law faculty and staff in an event to comemorate the United Nations designated International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, one of the worst tragedies of the 20th century. The event, organized by Professor Jalloh with the support of the International Law Society and the Center for International Legal Education, showed the award winning PBS documentary, Ghosts of Rwanda, which examined the international community’s failure to prevent the genocide in which over 800, 000 people were slaughtered in 100 days.
Professors Vivian Curran and Bernard Hibbitts participated in the viewing. Afterwards, they gave their reactions to the documentary, focusing on the link between law and memory, as well as the role, power, and sometimes powerlessness of law (and lawyers) in shaping governmental responses to genocide. Jalloh, who moderated the student and faculty discussion, highlighted the UN Security Council’s legal response to genocide, focusing on the achievements of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the emerging doctrine of Responsibility to Protect.