Robert H. Jackson Center

Ambassador Stephen Rapp

Ambassador Stephen Rapp

Ambassador Stephen Rapp

Mr. Rapp started as Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in September of 2009. Before this appointment Mr. Rapp was a prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, leading prosecutions for former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others. During his time on the court the first convictions for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes against humanity were achieved. Prior to working for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Mr. Rapp worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as both Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions. His work helped to achieve the first conviction of leaders of mass media for their efforts that incited genocide. Mr. Rapp also worked as a United States Attorney in the Northern District of Iowa, worked in private practice, and was a member of the Iowa State Legislature. Mr. Rapp received his B.A. from Harvard, and received his J.D. from Drake University.

For a brief discussion by Amb. Rapp about Robert H. Jackson and the Special Court for Sierra Leone click here.