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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to Speak on the Libya Case at UCLA School of Law


November 1, 2011

ATTENTION EDITORS AND REPORTERS

WHAT: Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, will deliver a keynote address at UCLA School of Law. The address will focus on questions concerning the ICC’s issuance of arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam, which the Prosecutor requested in May and were successfully issued in June. The visit by Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo is co-sponsored by UCLA School of Law’s Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project and the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

His talk serves as the keynote address for ASIL’s second annual Midyear Meeting, which brings leading international legal professionals together to discuss the latest issues and developments in the field. The Midyear Meeting will be held November 3-5, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles and at UCLA School of Law.

WHO: Luis Moreno-Ocampo of Argentina was unanimously elected as the first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in April 2003.  In that capacity, he has publicly indicted 25 people accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide; five are currently on trial.  Following referrals from the United Nations Security Council, the Prosecutor investigated and successfully sought issuance of arrest warrants for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, charged with genocide in Darfur, and for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam, charging them with crimes against humanity in Libya.

Moreno-Ocampo previously worked as a prosecutor in Argentina, where he was involved in precedent-setting prosecutions of top military commanders for mass killings and other large-scale human rights abuses.  He was the assistant prosecutor in the “Military Junta” trial against Army commanders accused of masterminding the “dirty war,” and other cases of human rights violations by the Argentine military.

Prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo has also practiced law privately, worked with various local, regional and international  NGO’s, and has been a visiting professor at both Stanford University and Harvard University.

WHEN | WHERE: 

Friday, November 4, 2011
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
UCLA School of Law, Room 1347

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Luis Moreno-Ocampo will be available for media interviews from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, following his address at UCLA School of Law.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
UCLA School of Law:  Sara Rouche, rouche@law.ucla.edu, 310-206-2221
Office of the Prosecutor: Florence Olara, 0031650294476