The Reach and the Grasp of International Criminal Justice: How Do We Lengthen the Arm of the Law?
MAR 20, 2012
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Amb. Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Department of State, is the 2011-2012 Recipient of the Cox International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice
As U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp serves as the point man in America’s efforts to bring major war criminals to justice across the globe. Based on his unique position, Ambassador Rapp will discuss the status and challenges posed by the international criminal cases against Libyan Head of State Muammar Kadafi, Sudanese President Mohamed al-Bashir, former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and former Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic. He will cover challenges in obtaining custody of indicted war criminals, impediments to building a case for the prosecutor, obstacles to ensuring fair and orderly trials, and the importance of outreach.
Established in 2003, the Cox International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice has been presented to the Hon. Philippe Kirsch, President, International Criminal Court; Amb. Hans Corell, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs; Judge Thomas Buergenthal, International Court of Justice; Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Robert Petit, International Prosecutor, Khmer Rouge Tribunal; Judge Navanethem Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights; and Brenda Hollis, Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Stephen J. Rapp
U.S. Ambassador for War Crimes Issues
U.S. Department of State
Appointed by President Obama, Stephen J. Rapp of Iowa became Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in September 2009. Prior to that, he was Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2007-09), leading the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others alleged to bear the greatest responsibility for the atrocities committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. His office achieved the first convictions in history for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes against humanity and for attacks on peacekeepers and recruitment and use of child soldiers as violations of international humanitarian law. Mr. Rapp was Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2001-07), heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals of RTLM radio and Kangura newspaper—the first in history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. Mr. Rapp was U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa (1993-2001). Earlier, he was an attorney in private practice, Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, and an elected member of the Iowa Legislature. He received his B.A. from Harvard (1971), attended Columbia and Drake Law Schools and received his J.D. from Drake (1974).
Open to the public for a fee. Registration required by 3.15.12 through GCILG. Contact Kathleen Jablonski, Kjablonski@bakerlaw.com
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