Crime of Genocide – a seminar with Prof. David F. Forte

Polish Alumni Association and Institute of Law Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences invites to the seminar:

Crime of genocide – reflections by prof. David F. Forte




During our seminar we would like to draw the attention to the American approach to the crime of genocide. What was the history of approval of the UN Genocide Convention in the US? What was the role of Rafael Lemkin and senator William Proxmire in final acceptance of this Convention? Why did it lasted almost 30 years to accept the Convention by the US government? How prof. Forte is assessing the current global events through the lenses of this Convention? And how prof. Forte conceptualizes the “push-backs policy” of migrants on the Polish Eastern border?

The seminar will be hosted by prof. Karolina Wierczyńska, Associate Professor of the Institute of Law Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences.

The seminar is carried out thanks to the cooperation between the Polish Alumni Association and Center for Research on International Criminal Law, ILS PAS and Department of Criminology ILS PAS.


Prof. David F. Forte

Professor of Law at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was the inaugural holder of the Charles R. Emrick, Jr. – Calfee Halter & Griswold Endowed Chair. He has the rare distinction of twice being award a Fulbright Distinguished Chair first at the University of Trento, and at the University of Warsaw. In 2016 and 2017, Professor Forte was Garwood Visiting Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Politics. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto and Columbia University.

During the Reagan administration, Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council. His advice was specifically sought on the approval of the Genocide Convention, on world-wide religious persecution, and Islamic extremism. He has appeared and spoken frequently on radio and television, both nationally and internationally. He has also been called to testify before numerous state legislatures across the country. He has assisted in drafting a number of pieces of legislation both for Congress and for the Ohio General Assembly dealing with abortion, international trade, and federalism. He has sat as acting judge on the municipal court of Lakewood Ohio and was chairman of Professional Ethics Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association. He has received a number of awards for his public service, including the Cleveland Bar Association’s President’s Award, the Cleveland State University Award for Distinguished Service, the Cleveland State University Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Cleveland State University Award for Distinguished Research. He is the only person in the history Cleveland State University to be honored so. He also received the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. He served as Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family under Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. In 2004, Dr. Forte was a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento.

Professor Forte was a Bradley Scholar at the Heritage Foundation, Visiting Scholar at the Liberty Fund, and Senior Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion and the Constitution in at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. He has been President of the Ohio Association of Scholars, was on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Society, and is also adjunct Scholar at the Ashbrook Institute. He is Vice-Chair of the Ohio State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.