Toxic Legacies – Agent Orange as a Challenge

28. - 30. Juni 2015


Agent Orange, the herbicide used during the Vietnam War, has left usboth a bitter legacy and a historical lesson. Countless people have struggled with the human and environmental damage caused by the chemical exposure that still continues today. Questions remain for lawyers, scientists, and affected  individuals about potential and ongoing risks, about who should be held responsible, and whether compensation should be paid to victims.
In this conference, we will examine this chapter of the Vietnam War in the context of a broader discussion of comparable military and civil environmental disasters. The story of Agent Orange is still topical: its historical focus is primarily on Vietnam and the United States, but it raises questions of  environmental justice, military and peacetime interventions, economic damage, and sustainabile development, that are relevant across the world.
The conference brings together participants from all sectors of society, including those working in the insurance industry and in business, lawyers, environmentalists, human rights activists, academics from all disciplines, military personnel, and those with a strong connection to the Vietnam War and the peace movement.
Amy Hay, University of Texas-Pan American/Rio Grande Valley
Martin Held, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing
Christian Lahnstein, formerly Munich Re
Nga Le, Social entrepreneur and political activist, Munich
Christof Mauch, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), LMU


Sonntag, 28. Juni 2015
Arrival at the Academy - Registration opens
18.00 UhrDinner
19.00 UhrToxic Legacies - Agent Orange as a ChallengeDr. Martin Held
Legacies and Memory of Vietnam WarKeynote address
Edwin Martini
Get-together at Tutzing Castle
Montag, 29. Juni 2015
07.45 UhrMorning prayer in the chapel - an invitation
Dr. Martin Held
09.00 UhrHistory and LegaciesChair:
Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch
Cultural History of Synthetic Pesticides in US since 1945Prof. Dr. Michelle Mart
Agent Orange in US Health and Environmental PolicyAmy Hay
10.30 UhrCoffee break
11.00 UhrAgent Orange and Vietnam Veterans since the WarDr. Wilbur Scott
The Ford Foundation Initiatives Addressing the Legacy of Agent Orange UseCharles Bailey
12.30 UhrLunch
14.00 UhrResponsibilities and CompensationChair:
Kenneth Feinberg
Agent Orange in the Context of US Mass Torts
Regulative Functions of State und Civil Liability, Standards of Liability and RemediesProf. Dr. . Harald Koch
15.40 UhrThe Korean Case: Product Liability ApproachProf. Dr. Christian Förster
15.30 UhrCoffee break
14.00 UhrInternational Public Law and the Toxic Remnants of War ProjectManfred Mohr
15.40 UhrComparing Historical CompensationChristian Lahnstein
17.30 UhrAgent Orange - Second Generation Effects of DioxineHeather Bowser
18.00 UhrDinner
19.00 UhrFilm screening: “Lighter than Orange”With introduction by
Matthias Leupold
Rosemarie Höhn-Mizo
19.30 UhrGet-together at Tutzing Castle
Dienstag, 30. Juni 2015
07.45 UhrMorning prayer in the chapel – an invitation
Dr. Martin Held
09.00 UhrRisks and Hazards: Lessons LearnedChair:
Dr. Martin Held
Warfare Ecology: A New Synthesis for Peace and SecurityDr. Gary Machlis
Timescapes of Modernity – The Environment and Invisible Hazards SubstancesProf. Dr. Dr. Barbara Adam
Dioxins – Networks of Collective ExperimentationPD Dr. Stefan Böschen
10.30 UhrCoffee break
11.20 UhrThe Dissipation of Hazardous SubstancesDr. Jens Soentgen
12.00 UhrPerspectivesProf. Dr. Christof Mauch
Agent Orange: The Tension between Law and ScienceKenneth Feinberg
Closing Remarks
13.00 UhrLunch & End of the Conference


Barbara Adam, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University (UK)
Charles Bailey, Aspen Institute (USA)
Stefan Böschen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (D)
Heather Bowser, Agent Orange Second Generation Veteran (US)
Kenneth Feinberg, Attorney, Feinberg Rozen, LLP, New York (USA)
Amy Hay, University of Texas-Pan American, Rio Grande Valley (USA)
Martin Held, Protestant Academy Tutzing (D)
Rosemarie Höhn-Mizo, International Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village (D)
Harald Koch, Humboldt University in Berlin and Rostock University (D)
Christian Lahnstein, formerly Munich Re, Munich (D)
Nga Le, Social entrepreneur and political activist, Munich (D)
Matthias Leupold, BTK University for Design, Berlin (D)
Gary Machlis, Clemson University (USA)
Michelle Mart, Pennsylvania State University (USA)
Ed Martini, Western Michigan University (USA)
Christof Mauch, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich (D)
Manfred Mohr, Int. Coalition to ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) (D)
Wilbur J. Scott, US Air Force Academy, Oklahoma (USA) (tbc)
Jens Soentgen, University of Augsburg, Environmental Science Center (D)

Preise & Informationen

Local Organization
Susanna Satzger is in charge of the organization of the conference. Should you have any questions, please call ++49/+8158-251-126, Monday
to Friday, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m; Fax ++49/+8158-996426, e-mail:
Your binding registration is requested by June 22, 2015. You may register using the enclosed card, the online registration system, or e-mail. Your participation will be confirmed.
Cancellation after June 22, 2015, will be charged 50 % of reservation costs including participants who have received discounts. We cannot offer refunds for cancellations made after the beginning of the conference.
Participation costs
The costs for the conference are €
participation fee only 70.–
meals only (without accommodation and breakfast) 50.–
accommodation & full board for all days
– in a single room 160.–
– in a shared double room 118.–
– in a double room for single use 172.–
Please pay all costs either in cash or with an EC Card at the reception when arriving at the academy. Cancelled parts of participation cannot be reimbursed.
We offer a 50 % discount of the participation costs for students upon presentation of their a student ID-card. The participation fee will be waved
for accredited journalists with a valid press pass.
Conference Venue
The Evangelische Akademie Tutzing is located on the shore of Lake Starnberg (Germany), half-way between Munich and Garmisch. It can
be reached using public transport via the local train station, Tutzing. For further details, please see the websites: /
Die Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung hat für diese Tagung einen Zuschuss in Aussicht gestellt.
How to find us:
Tutzing is located some 40 km south of Munich at Lake Starnberg.
Arrival by train: There are regional trains from Munich Central Station or Munich-Pasing to Tutzing every 30 minutes. You may also take the S6 (S-Bahn / regional rapid transit system) from Munich Central Station (lower level) to Tutzing (terminal station), leaving every 20 or 40 minutes. The Akademie is a ten-minute walk from the station. More to find: greenmobility on our homepage.
Arrival by car: If you come from Munich take the motorway A 95 (“Autobahn”) to Garmisch leaving it at the exit to Starnberg, then follow signs on the road (“Bundesstrasse 2”) to Traubing, then turn to Tutzing.
Go to the centre of Tutzing; there is a sign to turn to the left.
Arrival by plane: Please, take the S1 from Munich airport to the station München-Laim; transfer to the S6 to Tutzing.
Photo credit: Matthias Leupold, Berlin

Ort & Anreise

Evangelische Akademie Tutzing / Schlossstraße 2+4 / 82327 Tutzing

Planen Sie Ihre Anreise schnell und einfach bei unserem Partner Green Mobility:


Dort finden Sie alle Anreisemöglichkeiten (mit dem PKW, Nah-/Fernverkehr, …) zu uns im direkten Vergleich
mit Hilfe von Echtzeitdaten und sparen sich so die zeitaufwendige Suche bei unterschiedlichen Anbietern.
Die Akademie verfügt nur über eine begrenzte Anzahl von Parkplätzen. Wir empfehlen die Anreise mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln.
Die Deutsche Bahn bietet auch die Möglichkeit, für Fahrten zu Seminaren und Tagungen das Veranstaltungsticket (VaT) im Geschäftskundenportal "CLASSIC" bzw. in der Großkundenlösung zu buchen.
Ab München Hbf: S-Bahn S6 (Tiefgeschoss) bis Endstation Tutzing oder Regionalbahn in Richtung Garmisch
bzw. Kochel. Fußweg vom Bahnhof zur Akademie: ca. 10 Minuten – Bahnhofstraße, Hallberger Allee,
Hauptstraße, Schlossstraße.
Tagungsgäste, die zur Anreise öffentliche Verkehrsmittel benutzen und dieses durch Vorlage ihres Fahrscheins (Mindestbetrag: 10.– €) an der Rezeption nachweisen können, erhalten auf den vollen (nicht ermäßigten) Tagungsbeitrag einen Preisnachlass.
Bitte beachten Sie abweichende Regelungen bei einzelnen Sonderveranstaltungen, z.B. Tagungen im Jungen Forum, Tages- und Abendveranstaltungen oder Konzerte!
Mit dem Auto fahren Sie von München auf der A95 in Richtung Garmisch bis zur Abzweigung Starnberg,
von Starnberg auf der B2 bis Traubing, danach Abzweigung links nach Tutzing.