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ONE ON ONE: Luis Moreno Ocampo On Syria And War Crimes

I first met Luis Moreno Ocampo when he was still the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, where he investigated and prosecuted some of the world's worst criminals from June 2003 until June 2012. I then saw the 2010 documentary "Prosecutor," which depicts a year in the life of Ocampo when he controversially decided to publicly charge the elected President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. "My job was to end impunity of those crimes that we said would never happen again, and yet we saw happening again and again and again," Ocampo says of his tenure at the ICC.

Before his appointment, Ocampo had famously worked as a prosecutor fighting against human rights abuses by senior military officials in his homeland, Argentina. After meeting Ocampo, I was struck by how deeply he cares about educating people on the importance of the ICC. This is evidenced by his post-ICC career as a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

 

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The Huffington Post By Katherine Keating

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