After co-teaching a course at HLS with Professor Philip Heymann in January 2005, Luis Moreno-Ocampo returned to Harvard Law in 2010 to lead a seminar—developed that year with Martha Minow and Alex Whiting—that reviewed the work of his first seven years as the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.
Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, HLS Professor Alex Whiting and Syracuse University College of Law Assistant Professor Cora True-Frost have published a volume of essays that examine the role and the legacy of the first prosecutor for the ICC, Luis Moreno Ocampo.
Elected in 2003, Moreno Ocampo conducted investigations in seven different countries, presenting charges against Muammar Gaddafi for crimes against humanity committed in Libya, the President of the Sudan Omar Al Bashir for genocide in Darfur, the former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo. His office was involved in twenty of the most serious crises of the 21st century including Iraq, Korea, Afghanistan, and Palestine.
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