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Prosecuting War Criminals at the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Faegre & Benson and
The Advocates for Human Rights


Prosecuting War Criminals at the Special Court for Sierra Leone

presented by

David M. Crane

Thursday, August 26, 2004, 8:00am to 9:00am

Room 23C

As the Prosecutor for the Special Court in Sierra Leone, Mr. Crane is responsible for the investigation, indictment and prosecution of those who bear the greatest responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law during Sierra Leone’s brutal conflict. Unlike the war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone is a “mixed” tribunal located in the country where the crimes occurred and using both international and domestic law and personnel. Trials began at the Special Court in June 2004. Mr. Crane will describe the operation of the Special Court and the implications for the future of international justice, as well as the decision to put a particular emphasis on prosecuting crimes against women and children. Breakfast will be served. Application will be made for one CLE credit.

Speaker biography

David Crane: On 17 April 2002, the Secretary General of the United Nations appointed Mr. David M. Crane as Prosecutor of the Special Court for a three-year term. Mr. Crane served for over thirty years in the Government of the United States, most recently as senior Inspector General at the US Department of Defense. He has also been an Assistant General Counsel to the Defense Intelligence Agency and a Professor of International Law at the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

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