Achieving Justice for Victims of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Achieving Justice for Victims of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




This event has reached capacity in the theatre. Overflow seating is available with no RSVP required. The lecture will air live on USDtv channel 77 and online at

[The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, and certifies that this activity is approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 1.50 hours of general credit. Attendees receiving credit will receive a printed copy of the Rome Statute, provided by the International Criminal Court.]

Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are some of the most difficult crimes to define and prosecute. Stephen J. Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues since Sept. 2008, will examine some of the ways that nations are trying to bring war criminals to justice and deter such crimes in the future.  

Rapp has extensive experience prosecuting war crimes committed in some of the most brutal conflicts around the globe. From 2007 to 2009, Rapp served as prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he led the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor and others, and achieved the first convictions in history for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes against humanity, and for attacks on peacekeepers and for recruitment and use of child soldiers as violations of international humanitarian law.

From 2001 to 2007, Rapp served as senior trial attorney and chief of prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, personally heading the trial team that achieved convictions of the principals of RTLM radio and Kangura newspaper—the first in history for leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public incitement to commit genocide. 

Rapp received his BA degree from Harvard College in 1971. He attended Columbia and Drake Law Schools and received his JD degree from Drake in 1974.

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