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Emory Law hosts ambassador who prosecuted genocide in Rwanda

Emory Report | Nov. 8, 2016

On Monday, Nov. 14, Emory Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law presents two chances to engage with U.S. Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, who served as the lead prosecutor for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the case of Jean-Paul Akayesu.

The 1998 case established, for the first time, that rape is an act of genocide and crime against humanity.

At noon, Prosper will deliver a lecture titled "From Genocide to Justice: Rwanda and the Rule of Law," with a reception to follow.

At 7 p.m., he will speak again at a screening of "The Uncondemned," an award-winning documentary that tells the story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a war crime.

Both events take place in Emory Law's Tull Auditorium and are free and open to the public. Please register here.

Prosper served as ambassador-at-large in charge of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of War Crimes Issues from 2001 through 2005.

From 1996 through 1998, he was lead trial attorney for the U.N. International Tribunal for Rwanda. Prosper has been a federal and state prosecutor in the United States and currently is a partner at the law firm Arent Fox.