2015 Law Dialogs
The Robert H. Jackson Center announces the 9th annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs scheduled for Monday August 31st- Tuesday September 1st at Chautauqua Institution. This year’s theme will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre and the 70th anniversary of the opening commencement of the International Military Tribunal (IMT) at Nuremburg. Prosecutors this year include:
The Extraordinary Chambers for the Courts of Cambodia
Andrew T. Cayley – Prosecutor Cayley was appointed as international Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers for the Courts of Cambodia in December 2009 and served in that position until September 2013. He previously served as Senior Prosecuting Counsel at the International Criminal Court where he was responsible for the first Darfur case. He also served as Senior Prosecuting Counsel and Prosecuting Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as a defense attorney before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Prosecutor Cayley is a Barrister of the Inner Temple and holds an LL.B and an LL.M from University College London.
Nicholas Koumjian – Prosecutor Koumjian has served as the international Co-Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers for the Courts of Cambodia since October 2013. He worked as a prosecutor for twenty years in Los Angeles and since 2000 he has served in various international criminal tribunals. He was a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and later at the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He headed the UN-staffed Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor and was Principal Trial Attorney at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the trial of Liberian President Charles Taylor. He was also director of a US-funded human rights programme in Colombia, working on anti-corruption initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe. Additionally, he has represented both defendants and victims before the International Criminal Court.
The International Criminal Court
James Stewart- Prosecutor Stewart serves as the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In 1979 Mr. Stewart joined the Downtown Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office as an Assistant Crown Attorney, where he handled criminal trials. In 1985, Stewart served in the Crown Law Office Criminal division. Prior to his 2012 election to the ICC, Stewart worked as General Counsel in the Crown Law Office within the Ministry of the Attorney General, in Toronto. On leaves of absence form the Crown Office; Stewart worked at the UN international Criminal tribunals. Mr. Stewart served as Senior Trial Attorney in the OTP at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as Chief of prosecutions in the OTP at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and as Senior Appeals counsel and then Chief of the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division in the OTP at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Hassan Jallow – Prosecutor Jallow is serving as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, a position he has held since 2003. Since 2012, he is concurrently serving as the Prosecutor of the Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. Prosecutor Jallow previously worked in the Gambia as the State Attorney from 1976 until 1982, when he was appointed Solicitor General. In 1984, Mr. Jallow served as Attorney General and Minister of Justice for the Gambia, then, in 1994, he was appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia. From 2002 until 2003, Prosecutor Jallow served as a Judge in the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Serge Brammertz – Prosecutor Brammertz assumed his duties as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2008. Prior to his current appointment; he served as Commissioner of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, as the first Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court where he was in charge of establishing the Investigations Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, and initiated the first ICC investigations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur.
Richard Goldstone-Justice Goldstone served as the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 1994 until 1996. After working as a commercial lawyer, the South African government appointed him to serve on the Transvaal Supreme Court from 1980 to 1989. In 1989 he was appointed Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa. From 1991 to 1994, he served as the Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry regarding Public Violence and Intimidation which came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. In 1994 he was appointed Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and after returning from The Hague, he took his seat on the Constitutional Court, which he held until retiring in 2003. From August 1999 to December 2001, he also chaired the independent International Commission on Kosovo. In 2009, Goldstone led a UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission to investigate human rights violations related to the Gaza War.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone
David M. Crane – Prosecutor Crane is a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law. From 2002 to 2005 he served as the Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone and indicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor for his role in the atrocities committed during the Civil War in Sierra Leone. Professor Crane was the first American since Justice Robert H. Jackson and Telford Taylor at the Nuremberg trials in 1945, to serve as the Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal. He founded and advises Impunity Watch (www.impunitywatch.com), a law review and public service blog. Professor Crane is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Robert H. Jackson Center.
Brenda J. Hollis – Prosecutor Hollis was appointed Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone in February 2014 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, having served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from February 2010 until its closure in December 2013. She had been extensively involved in the training of judges, prosecutors, and investigators for work with the International Criminal Tribunals. She served as Senior Trial Attorney from 1994 until 2001 at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and assisted the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Prosecutor Hollis served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1998 with the rank of Colonel. Prior to her Air Force service, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.
The Special Tribunal For Lebanon
David Kinnecome- David Kinnecome is a Legal Officer within the Legal Advisory and Appeals Section of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). Prior to this post, he was the Appeals Counsel in the STL OTP. Before joining the STL in December 2010, Mr. Kinnecome was a Legal Officer within the Chambers Support Section of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he worked as a legal adviser to Trial Chamber Judges from August 2006 to November 2010. Prior to joining the ICTR, Mr. Kinnecome worked in private practice in Boston and New York City.