African Law Conference to Feature Top International Criminal Court Prosecutor

12/2/2011 | Facebook | Twitter | Email

Fatou Bensouda, who will deliver Albany Law’s Justice Jackson Lecture on April 12, was recently named chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the independent judicial body that prosecutes cases of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Her talk will be part of a larger conference on " Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward."

Other featured speakers include Judge Abdul Koroma of the International Court of Justice and Dr. Willy Mutunga, chief justice and president of the Kenyan Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the ICC as deputy prosecutor in 2004, Bensouda worked as a legal adviser and trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of senior legal advisor and head of the legal advisory unit. She has been a delegate at United Nations’ conferences on crime prevention, the Organization of African Unity’s Ministerial Meetings on Human Rights, and the delegate of the Gambia to the meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the ICC.

"Africa and International Law: Taking Stock and Moving Forward," held at Albany Law School from April 12 to 14, will host scholars, practitioners and policy-makers to examine and evaluate how the international and regional regimes and institutions in Africa are producing new narratives of justice and how best they can make a real difference in responding to the challenges facing African peoples and governments.

The conference is one of several in a series of Justice Robert H. Jackson '12 Centennial events.