after War Crimes: From Syria to Ukraine” set for April 3, 5:30 p.m., Mills A
CONWAY, Ark. (March 6, 2023) — The Hendrix College Office of
Engaged Learning and University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Center for Global
Learning and Engagement will host “Justice after War Crimes: From Syria to
Ukraine,” a talk by Stephen J. Rapp, on Monday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Lecture
Hall A of the Mills Center for Social Sciences on the Hendrix campus (1600
Washington Avenue, building 10 on the current campus map; please note the change from lecture hall B to A to accommodate a larger audience).
Rapp is a Senior Fellow at the United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide, and at Oxford University’s
Center for Law, Ethics and Armed Conflict. A former Ambassador for War Crimes
under President Obama, he has extensive experience on human rights abuses and
investigating them. He recently appeared on National Public Radio to discuss the
post-earthquake reality in Syria. He is also affiliated with the Syria
Emergency Task Force (SETF), which has roots in central Arkansas and is exploring
more robust partnerships with both Hendrix and UCA.
Dr. Daniel Edquist-Whelan, Professor of Politics at Hendrix,
will serve as a moderator for the talk.
Rapp’s appearance is underwritten, in part, by the W.C.
Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program at Hendrix College.
For more information or questions about Rapp’s appearance,
contact Dr. Kiril Kolev, Associate Provost for Engaged Learning at Hendrix, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
About Stephen J. Rapp
Stephen J. Rapp is a Senior Fellow at the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide, and at Oxford
University’s Center for Law, Ethics and Armed Conflict. During 2017-2018, he
was the Father Robert Drinan Visiting Professor for Human Rights at Georgetown
University. He serves as Chair of the Commission for International Justice and
Accountability (CIJA), a Senior Peace Fellow of the Public International Law
and Policy Group, and on the boards of Physicians for Human Rights, the Syrian
Emergency Task Force, the IBA Human Rights Institute, the ABA Rule of Law
Initiative, the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human
Rights, Guernica 37, and the Center for International Law and Policy in Africa
From 2009 to 2015, he was Ambassador-at-Large heading the
Office of Global Criminal Justice in the U.S. State Department. In that
position he coordinated U.S. government support to international criminal
tribunals, including the International Criminal Court, as well as to hybrid and
national courts responsible for prosecuting persons charged with genocide, war
crimes, and crimes against humanity. During his tenure, he traveled more than
1.5 million miles to 87 countries to engage with victims, civil society
organizations, investigators and prosecutors, and the leaders of governments
and international bodies to further efforts to bring perpetrators to justice.
Rapp was the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
from 2007 to 2009 where he led the prosecution of former Liberian President
Charles Taylor. During his tenure, his office achieved the first convictions in
history for sexual slavery and forced marriage as crimes against humanity, and
for attacks on peacekeepers and recruitment and use of child soldiers as
violations of international humanitarian law. From 2001 to 2007, he served as
Senior Trial Attorney and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda, where he headed the trial team that achieved the first convictions
in history of leaders of the mass media for the crime of direct and public
incitement to commit genocide.
Before his international service, he was the United States
Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from 1993 to 2001.He received a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Harvard University, a J.D. degree from Drake University,
and several honorary degrees from U.S. universities in recognition of his work
for international criminal justice.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix
College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal
arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges
That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About
Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have
established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and
rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United
Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.