February 27, 06

Vol. 21 , No. 07   


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Claremont Colleges Debate Union: Intertwined Destinies; The U.S. and the International Criminal Court
CLAREMONT COLLEGES DEBATE UNION
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006
DINNER 6:00 p.m., FOUNTAIN COURTYARD, BAUER CENTER
DEBATE 6:45 p.m., MARY PICKFORD AUDITORIUM

The 5-C Claremont Debate Union maintains a roster of brilliant and eloquent members. The team regularly places among the top ten groups in intercollegiate, forensic competitions, and has received recognition as the best squad in the National Debate Tournament for policy debating. On March 7th, the team will divide and square off against each other in dialectic about the United Statesí role in the International Criminal Court. The ICC, founded in 1998, has the mission of investigating and punishing those guilty of war crimes or human rights violations that occur in any location worldwide. The United States remains one of only seven nations to vote against the formation of this international, judicial body in The Hague. Although the U.S. government may support the trials of foreign criminals by the ICC, it refuses to turn over American citizens for trial in the Netherlands.

On a controversial issue such as this, the two Claremont teams will embark on an intense discussion about our nationís subordinating itself to multinational organizations and agreements. This topic touches upon the rights of Americans (especially U.S. servicemen) as both citizens of this country and as inhabitants of a global community. Should Americans be subject to the judgments of an international court that does not necessarily hold the same codes of conduct as required under the U.S. judicial system?

This debate with the Claremont Debate Union is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights and the Athenaeum.

Dinner reservations will be made in the usual manner through the Athenaeum website and the meal will be served in the Fountain Courtyard at Bauer Center.