“That four great nations, flushed with victory and stung with injury stay the hand of vengeance and voluntarily submit their captive enemies to the judgment of the law is one of the most significant tributes that Power has ever paid to Reason.” — from Jackson's Opening Statement before the International Military Tribunal

Robert H. Jackson

Robert H. Jackson
Photo from Fenton History Center.

Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) was a leading American lawyer, judge, writer and life of the 20th century. He served as a United States Supreme Court Justice from 1941 until 1954. During 1945-46, Justice Jackson was the architect of the international trial process and then the chief prosecutor of the surviving Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, Germany. Jackson's work, including his eloquent written and spoken words on matters of enduring principle, is central to U.S. constitutional law and international law to this day. His life and legacy remain vital to the United States and to the world.

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Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs
August 31 - September 1, 2009
This historic event will bring together renowned prosecutors to discuss the role of women in international criminal law. Learn more.

Justice Deferred: Albion Tourgée and the Fight for Civil Rights Exhibit
The Robert H. Jackson Center is currently hosting an exhibit on the lifetime achievements of Albion Tourgée, a pioneer civil rights activist and lawyer for the plaintiff Homer Plessy in the famous segregation case Plessy v. Ferguson.

"Perpetrators" Exhibit and Program
Jackson Center Press Release

Chautauqua Library Exhibit
Robert H. Jackson is one of three well-known Jamestown personalities featured in displays on the second floor of Smith Memorial Library, Chautauqua Institution. Library hours September 1-June 14 are Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 12-3. Chautauquan Daily article.

What's New

Paul Clement
July 13, 2009
The annual “Supreme Court Today” lecture at Chautauqua will be given by former Solicitor General Paul Clement on Monday, July 13, 2009, at 4 p.m. at the Hall of Philosophy on the Chautauqua Institution grounds. Click here for more information.

The Nuremberg Trials: 60th Anniversary of Their Completion
Summer Studies Program
Robert H. Jackson Center at Chautauqua Institution

August 3-7, 2009

As part of the continuing collaboration between the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, N.Y., and the Chautauqua Institution, distinguished lecturers will survey the trials and the complexi?ties of International Criminal Law they raised. Click here for more information. Click here for more information. Read the press release here.

Henry T. King, Jr. (1919-2009), Nuremberg prosecutor and friend of the Robert H. Jackson Center
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a longtime friend of the Robert H. Jackson Center, Henry T. King, Jr. Henry was a valued friend of the Center and deeply committed to the issues surrounding international criminal law. Read more....

Kenneth Gormley spoke at Robert H. Jackson Birthday Observance
The observance of Robert H. Jackson's 117th birthday was held in the Warren County Courthouse on Thursday, February 12th. Robert H. Jackson Day in Warren County, Pa is an annual event held in observance of Jackson's birth in Spring Creek Township. This year's distinguished speaker was Kenneth G. Gormley, Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Special Projects at Duquesne University School of Law.

Jackson Center Hosts Program with Jackson Biographer
Award-winning author Gail Jarrow was in Jamestown on April 21 and 22, 2009 as part of a youth education program co-sponsored by the Law, Youth and Citizenship Program of the NY State Bar Association and the Robert H. Jackson Center. This program included an essay contest, a dinner honoring contest winners and an opportunity to attend a presentation by Ms. Jarrow. Learn more.

New Biography on Robert H. Jackson
Gail Jarrow's book, Robert H. Jackson, New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor, is available from the Jackson Center, local bookstores and online booksellers. Click here to learn more or here to order the biography.

A Comprehensive Teacher’s Guide to Robert H. Jackson

2nd Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs
Click here to download the Second Chautauqua Declaration. View the pronouncement of the Chautauqua Declaration here. View a photo slideshow from this year's dialogs.

Spring Newsletter
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Stewardship Report

a summary of the history and accomplishments of the Jackson Center since its founding in 2001.

In The News

News Anchor Bill Kurtis Interviews Nuremberg Prosecutors on Cambodia Tribunal
Nuremberg prosecutors Ben Ferencz, Henry King and Whitney Harris tell why Cambodia Tribunal must go forward; tie to Nuremberg precedent.

Op-Ed in Baltimore Sun Addresses First Chautauqua Declaration
Former founding chief prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal in West Africa, David M. Crane, discusses International Law Dialogs in relation to recent indictment of Sudanese President

Bosnian Serb Under Arrest in War Crimes
Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's most wanted war criminals for his part in the massacre of nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995, was arrested recently in a raid in Serbia that ended a 13-year hunt.

Arrest Is Sought of Sudan Leader in Genocide Case
Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court formally requested an arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

CNN Video Includes Footage from August 29 International Law Dialogs
CNN's Richard Roth reports on the movie thriller "The Hunting Party," which is based on the real life hunt for a war criminal. Footage from the August 29 International Law Dialogs at the Chautauqua Institution is included in this video clip.