Allegheny Professor Brian Harward Participates in Reading To Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg

Brian Harward
Brian Harward

Brian Harward, the Robert G. Seddig Chair in Political Science at Allegheny College, participated in a reading of Robert H. Jackson’s opening statement to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and Jackson’s role as chief U.S. prosecutor.

The reading, sponsored by the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York, was presented virtually and featured more than 100 invited speakers, each reading a portion of the three-hour opening statement of the tribunal. Benjamin Ferencz, the last living podium prosecutor from Nuremberg, read the first paragraph of the statement. The full recording is available to watch here.

In addition to serving as chief U.S. prosecutor at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Jackson was a leading lawyer of the New Deal Era, serving as solicitor general, attorney general, and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Robert H. Jackson Center invites and initiates scholarly work on Jackson’s legal, social, and political contributions. Programs focus on exploring and challenging the universal principles of equality, fairness, and justice through interactive exhibits and facilitated discussions. As such, the center invites national and international officials and dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice and their relevance to Justice Jackson’s body of work; provides local educational opportunities for school children and college students; and hosts continuing education for attorneys, judges, and public officials.

Harward has served on the Allegheny faculty since 2010 and is director of the College’s Center for Political Participation. His research explores the U.S. presidency and congressional responsiveness to presidential actions.

Harward also directs Allegheny’s Law & Policy Program, which blends students’ academic goals and preparation in international and domestic law and policy with ongoing opportunities in career education, internships, study away, civic learning, and community programming. Through integrated courses and collaborative learning experiences including campus and community workshops, lectures, and internship opportunities, students are able to engage public policy and learn how policies emerge and are implemented, evaluated, and changed.

Allegheny’s formal affiliation, since 2012, with the Robert H. Jackson Center is a key element of the Law & Policy Program. Allegheny students can participate in internships, research, and a wide range of programming dedicated to Jackson’s legal legacy and to the myriad connections of its relevance to contemporary national and international events.