On Wednesday 26 September Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Global Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide and former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice 2009-2015 under the Obama administration, will give a guest lecture, followed by Q&As as part of the course “Law Lab in International Criminal Law.”
This event will mark the opening of our master's programme in International Criminal Law and especially celebrate its new track on International and Transnational Criminal Law.
Ambassador Rapp has been a lawyer in private practice, a Democratic member of the Iowa House of Representatives, and a Staff Director and Counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1993 to 2001, Rapp was the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. In 2001, he joined the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he led the prosecution in the "Media Trial" against the leaders of the RTLM radio station and Kangura newspaper for inciting the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. He became the Chief of Prosecutions of the ICTR in 2005, and continued to assist Chief Prosecutor Hassan Jallow in prosecuting those involved in the 1994 genocide. In 2007, Rapp succeeded Desmond de Silva to become the third Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he directed the prosecution of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others alleged to have violated international criminal law during the Sierra Leone Civil War. He was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 8, 2009.
If you wish to attend, please send an email with a description of your affiliation to master’s programme and course coordinator: J.Costervanvoorhout@uva.nl