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Human Rights Forum CCNY: The International Criminal Court

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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“The International Criminal Court,” with Luis Moreno Ocampo, Senior Fellow Jackson Institute, Yale University, Founding Chief Prosecutor International Criminal Court, in conversation with Lynda Hammes, Publisher, Foreign Affairs published by the Council of Foreign Relations, moderated by Rajan Menon, Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York

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Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Senior Fellow Jackson Institute Yale University
Founding Chief Prosecutor International Criminal Court

Luis Moreno-Ocampo was the first Prosecutor (June 2003- June 2012) of the new and permanent International Criminal Court.  His office was involved in twenty of the most serious crises of the 21st century including Iraq, Korea, Afghanistan, and Palestine. He 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, Joseph Kony and the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean Pierre Bemba.

Previously, Moreno-Ocampo played a crucial role during the transition to democracy in Argentina, as the deputy prosecutor in the "Junta trial" in 1985 and the Prosecutor in the trial against a military rebellion in 1991. He was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Harvard University. After the end of his tenure as ICC Prosecutor, Moreno Ocampo was the chairman of the World Bank Expert Panel on the Padma Bridge project. He is now in private practice at a New York law firm and “Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at New York University.

Lynda Hammes

Lynda Hammes is the publisher of Foreign Affairs magazine, published by the Council on Foreign Relations. Since she joined the magazine in 2003, global readership has grown by 25 percent. Ms. Hammes has guided Foreign Affairs into the digital era with a leadership role in the launch of a new, an award-winning mobile website, premium subscription products, and an interactive iPad app. She is also responsible for launching a public series of events and investment conferences at the magazine. Ms. Hammes has worked as a journalist and as an adjunct professor of media studies and journalism at Bard College and New York University. She holds an undergraduate degree with honors from NYU and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. You can follow her on twitter at @ly_nda.



Rajan Menon holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at the City College of New York/City University of New York and is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. Until August 2012 he was the Monroe J. Rathbone Distinguished Professor of International Relations and chairman of the International Relations Department at Lehigh University. He has also taught at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities.  Professor Menon has served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Fellow at the New America Foundation, Visiting Fellow at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Senior Advisor and Academic Fellow at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Director of Eurasia Policy Studies at the National Bureau of Asian Research NBR). He has received fellowships and grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Carnegie Corporation, the German Marshall Fund, the US Institute of Peace, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His most recent book is The End of Alliances (Oxford University Press, 2007). His recent articles include “Prisoners of the Caucasus: Russia’s Invisible Civil War,” Foreign Affairs (July/August 2010). “Breaking the State,” National Interest (May/June 2011), “Counterrevolution in Kiev: Hope Fade for Ukraine,” Foreign Affairs (November/December 2011), and “When America Leaves: Asia After the Afghan War,” The American Interest (May/June 2012), “Why Beijing and Moscow Oppose Intervention,” Current History (November 2012), and “R2P: It’s Fatally Flawed,” The American Interest (July-August 2013), and “Asia’s Looming Power Shift, The National Interest (September-October 2013). He blogs at the Huffington Post, writes a column twice monthly for the online edition of National Interest, and is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times. His opinion pieces have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times, Newsday, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune,,, and He has been a commentator on ABC, CNN, MS-NBC, BBC, France 24, NPR, American Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Russian Television Network (RTR). He is a consultant to various US government agencies.

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Center For Worker Education
25 Broadway
#7th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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