Robert H. Jackson Center

David M. Crane

David M. Crane

David M. Crane

Professor Crane is a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law, where he also earned his Juris Doctor degree. There he teaches International Criminal Law, International Law, and National Security as well as the Laws of Armed Conflict. In 2002 he was appointed Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone by then Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. Through 2005 Professor Crane prosecuted those who bore the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone during the 1990’s as Chief Prosecutor. He was the first American Chief Prosecutor at an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert H. Jackson at Nuremberg in 1945.

During his decades of service for the United States government Crane has held the positions of Director of the Office of Intelligence Review, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law at the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals School.

Professor Crane also advises the Syracuse University College of Law online publication, Impunity Watch which seeks to inform the world of human rights violations in real-time, as well as publish like a traditional law review.

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