Luis Moreno-Ocampo to Give Inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice Monday - WATCH VIA LIVESTREAM
The man who established and successfully led the first Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice at Yale Law School on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Luis Moreno-Ocampo will speak on the topic, “The Office of the Chief Prosecutor: The Challenges of the Inaugural Years.” The ICC, seated in The Hague, Netherlands, was established in 2002 to help end impunity for the perpetrators of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.
The lecture will take place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 127. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room. Those wishing to attend may reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Mr. Ocampo holds an historic place in the modern use of international law to pursue global justice,” said Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77. “This is a special occasion for the Law School and the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights. We are delighted to welcome this distinguished champion of international justice.”
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During his nine-year tenure as ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo led the office in launching investigations in 7 countries and requested arrest warrants or summons to appear against 27 individuals, all of them top leaders of organizations that committed massive crimes, including three heads of state. He stepped down from the ICC in June 2012.
During the 1980s, Moreno-Ocampo was a Prosecutor in Argentina’s trials related to the transition to democracy. He was Deputy Prosecutor in the trial against the “Military Junta” and the Prosecutor in military rebellion cases. In the nineties, he was in private practice in Argentina and served as a part-time adjunct professor at Buenos Aires University and visiting professor at Stanford and Harvard. Currently, he is in private practice in New York, acting as chairman of the World Bank’s Expert Panel to Review the Investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh into Allegations of Corruption in the Padma Bridge Project. He is a distinguished visiting scholar at NYU.
The Gruber Lecture will be preceded on Monday by a related panel discussion from 10 a.m. to noon on “The Rome Statute, the ICC, and the Pursuit of Justice.” Yale Law School professors Oona Hathaway ’97 and Michael Reisman ’64 LLM, ’65 JSD and Columbia professor Samuel Moyn will analyze the rise of international criminal justice and the ICC’s prospects and limitations in deterring illegal wars.
The discussion will continue Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a panel on “Creating War Crimes.” Yale Law professors Mirjan Damaška and John Fabian Witt ’99 and Beth Van Schaack ’97, Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for War Crimes at the U.S. Department of State, will examine the legal concept of war crimes and the role of the United States in securing international justice. Both panels will be held in the Faculty Lounge.
The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice is sponsored by the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School, established in 2011 by philanthropists Peter and Patricia Gruber as part of the Gruber Foundation. The Gruber Program at Yale Law School also supports The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights, the Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women's Rights, and the annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar.