Defending the Damned: Reflections on Two Years with Radovan Karadzic

The Harvard International Affairs Council presents

Defending the Damned: Reflections on Two Years with Radovan Karadzic

Tuesday, March 22 at 12pm in Hauser 102 (HLS)

For nearly a decade and a half, Radovan Karadzic was one of the world’s most wanted men.  The alleged orchestrator of the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica Massacre, the so-called “Butcher of Bosnia” evaded capture for 13 years until his arrest in 2008.  Now on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague, Karadzic stands charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Kevin Jon Heller, a scholar of international criminal law and senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, acted as a court-appointed legal adviser to Karadzic from 2008 to 2011.  Heller will speak on his experiences defending Karadzic, and on the challenges and rewards of international criminal defense more broadly.  Lunch will be provided.

About the speaker:

Kevin Jon Heller is currently a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School, where he teaches international criminal law and criminal law.  He is also a permanent member of the international-law blog Opinio Juris.  His book The Nuremberg Military Tribunals and the Origins of International Criminal Law will be published by Oxford University Press in May 2011.  
Heller has been involved in the International Criminal Court’s negotiations over the crime of aggression, served as Human Rights Watch’s external legal advisor on the trial of Saddam Hussein (whose lawyers cited his academic work in their appeals), and consulted with a number of defendants at the ICTY and ICTR.  He served from December 2008 until February 2011 as one of Radovan Karadzic’s formally-appointed legal associates.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Students Association and the International Law Journal.

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