Chautauqua Women's Club

Chautauqua Speaks

Robert H. Jackson's Legacy of Justice


Kristan McMahon, President, Robert H. Jackson Center
Gregory Peterson, Co-founder, Robert H. Jackson Center


The roots of our current international justice system lie in Robert H. Jackson’s extraordinary work at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg following World War II. Kristan and Greg will share those roots and how they have shaped the special tribunals for Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, the formation of the International Criminal Court, and what may come next, including holding Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine and the alleged war crimes committed since February 2022.


Kristan K. McMahon has served as President of the Robert H. Jackson Center since April 2019. She received her Juris Doctor in 2000 from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, as well as a Certificate from its Communication Law Institute in 2000 and her two Bachelors of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communication and Political Science in 1997 from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. She serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Franciscan Mission Committee for St. Bonaventure University, as Secretary and Governance Chair on the board of Youth For Understanding, and as a board member of Sitar Arts Center.

Gregory L. Peterson is Co-Founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, NY and is Of Counsel in the law firm of Phillips Lytle LLP. He received his Juris Doctor in 1976 from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, PA., and Bachelor of Arts in 1973 from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He is admitted to the US Supreme Court and is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association as well as the local Bar Associations and currently sits on the Board of many organizations.