|International criminal prosecutor to speak April 7|
|Monday, March 22, 2010|
Fatou Bensouda, deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and former chief legal adviser to the president of Gambia, will speak April 7 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bensouda, who will deliver this year’s Hillard Gold ’39 Lecture, will discuss “From Nuremburg to Darfur – The Role of Criminal Justice in Reconciliation and Peace” at 7 p.m. in Gerrard Hall.
Entry to the free public lecture will be limited to UNC One Card holders until 6:40 p.m., then seating will open to the public. A reception will follow.
Bensouda has been instrumental in investigating and prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. She has championed the cause of child soldiers in Africa, spearheaded the prosecution of rape as a crime of war and drawn attention to international conflicts that have often gone unnoticed. Recently, Bensouda was involved in the controversial decision to bring an arrest warrant against Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, for his actions in Darfur.
In November 2009, Bensouda won the International Jurists Award for her contributions in the field of international criminal law.
The lecture is sponsored by the Distinguished Speaker Series of UNC Student Government and the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is made possible by a gift from James Gold of New York City, who graduated from Carolina in 1972, and Jonathan Gold of Newtown, Pa., a 1975 UNC graduate. The lecture honors their late father, who graduated from Carolina in 1939.
International Court Web site: http://www.icc-cpi.int/Menus/ICC
UNC Student Government contact: Will Bondurant, (404) 822-0602,