Stephen Rapp, Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, will present a lecture on "The Trial of Charles Taylor and its Impact on International Justice".
Stephen J. Rapp was appointed as the third Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in December 2006 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The Special Court for Sierra Leone was established on the basis of a joint agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Sierra Leone concluded in 2002. It is charged with prosecuting those bearing the greatest responsibility for the serious atrocities perpetrated in Sierra Leone since 1996.
Mr. Rapp was previously Chief of Prosecutions at the United Nations-International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) from May 2005. Before that, he served as Senior Trial Attorney of what has been called the "Media Trial," against the principals of RTLM radio and the editor of the Kangura newspaper. In December 2003, the Trial Chamber pronounced each of the defendants guilty of Genocide, Direct and Public Incitement to Commit Genocide, and other crimes. Rapp, the lead prosecutor, became renowned internationally for winning the most controversial case stemming from the Rwandan civil war.
Cost: Free to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs
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