2014, Sat, Mar 15

Keynote: Luis Moreno Ocampo

Luis Moreno Ocampo in conversation with Brenna Bhandar, Introduction: Thomas Keenan

From the mid-1980s as an assistant prosecutor in the Argentinian Junta trial to his work as the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Luis Moreno Ocampo has been at the forefront of the use and application of international law in situations of genocide and crimes against humanity. Here Ocampo will discuss his work in relation to the emergence of and innovations in war crime forensics.


Luis Moreno Ocampo was Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague from 2003 to 2012 and always at the forefront in the application of law against genocide and human rights violations. Beginning in 1984, he assisted Chief Prosecutor Julio César Strassera in the first trials against crimes of the Argentinian junta. From 1987 to 1992, he was chief prosecutor of Buenos Aires. In 2008, as prosecutor at the ICC, he requested an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, launching the first ICC trial against a serving head of state. Ocampo has taught law at the University of Buenos Aires and at Yale and Harvard universities. He has served on the Advisory Council of Transparency International and as chairman of TI’s Latin America and Caribbean offices. In fall 2013 he was named a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale.