Since the Nuremberg trial following World War II, international criminal law aims to punish and deter genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave war crimes. It has made great strides in the last twenty years, but faces increasingly uncertain prospects. Professor Osiel, a leading thinker and practitioner in the field, offers a succinct, cogent history of recent progress and a sobering assessment of its likely future.
Mark Osiel is the Aliber Family Chair at the UI College of Law. He is the author of several books outlining strategies to improve the law’s responses to mass atrocity around the world. Osiel has spoken at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia and the US War Colleges. He consulted in the cases of Gen Augusto Pinochet, the genocidaires in Rwanda, and advised the Department of Defense in recent anti-terrorism prosecutions. In addition to occasional media appearances, Professor Osiel served as Director of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law at the TMC Asser Institute, a think tank in The Hague.