Karim Khan QC
President of the International Criminal Court Bar Association
Karim Khan QC is the President of the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA) which represents both victims and defense counsel eligible to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Mr. Khan is lead counsel for Saif Al-Islam Gadaffi of Libya and for Darfuri rebel leader Abdulla Banda before the ICC. He was also lead defense counsel in the first successful ‘no case to answer motion’ at the ICC amd in the first case to be withdrawn by the prosecutor of the ICC in a case which had been confirmed. Mr. Khan has also prosecuted at the ICTY and ICTR and acted as lead counsel for the largest group of civil party victims in case number one before the ECCC. He is presently international lead counsel for large groups of victims of human rights violations in Albania, Kenya and Sierra Leone. Mr. Khan is a founding director of the NGOs, the “Peace and Justice Initiative” and “Global Victims Initiative.’ He has published a number of leading texts on international criminal law, and is the co-author of Archbold ‘International Criminal Courts.’
Karim Khan QC delivered the 2017 Handa Center lecture on Islam and Human Rights.
Counsel for Human Rights Watch
Reed Brody is Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch and is a member of the International Commission of Jurists.
Mr. Brody is known for his extensive experience fighting for justice for the victims of former dictators. His work with the victims of Augusto Pinochet of Chile, Hissène Habré of Chad, and Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier of Haiti has been featured in five documentaries including “The Dictator Hunter.” He is currently working with the victims of former dictator Yahya Jammeh of Gambia and helped initiate the case in Argentina against Saudi Arabia’s Mouhamed bin Salman.
Mr. Brody is author of four Human Rights Watch reports on the U.S. treatment of “war on terror” prisoners. His 1984 investigation uncovered atrocities by the U.S.-backed “Contras” against Nicaraguan civilians and led to a halt in U.S. funding. He has led United Nations teams investigating massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo and monitoring human rights in El Salvador. In 1993 he helped negotiate the creation of the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Reed Brody delivered the 2017 Handa Center lecture on The Prosecution of Hissène Habré: A Victim-Centered Approach to International Justice.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Tom Malinowski served as the U.S. government’s lead human rights official from 2014-2017, during his tenure as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He currently serves as a Congressman in New Jersey, representing the state’s 7th district.
Prior to his time as Assistant Secretary of State, Mr. Malinowski was Washington Director for Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent international organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. He has also served as Senior Director on the National Security Council at the White House, where he oversaw the drafting of President Clinton’s foreign policy speeches and strategic communications efforts around the world. He was a speechwriter for Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, and member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State.
Tom Malinowski delivered the 2016 Handa Center lecture on The Role of the U.S. in Protecting Human Rights.
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Navi Pillay is a South African jurist who served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. Her tenure was marked by a focus on addressing discrimination on all grounds, including against previously unaddressed groups such as migrants, LGBTQ people, people with albinism, and caste-based discrimination. She oversaw the 2011 launch of Free & Equal, an unprecedented global public education campaign to promote greater respect for LGBT rights, and the Secretary-General’s endorsement of the Rights Up Front policy, which ensures that every UN department, regardless of mandate, is committed to advancing the protection of human rights.
A native of South Africa, Ms. Pillay was the first non-white female judge of the High Court of South Africa, and previously served as a judge at the International Criminal Court and President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda where she oversaw groundbreaking jurisprudence on rape as genocide, and on issues of freedom of speech and hate propaganda.
Navi Pillay delivered the 2015 Handa Center lecture on The Activities of UN Human Rights Mechanisms.
Judge Motoo Noguchi
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims
Judge Motoo Noguchi has been Chair of the Board of Director of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court since 2012. He is also a prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office in Tokyo.
Prior to joining the Trust Fund for Victims in 2012, Judge Noguchi served for six years as a judge of the Supreme Court Chamber at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He has also served as legal advisor to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international criminal justice and as Director of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Justice’s Research and Training Institute. From 2000 to 2004 he served as counsel of the Asian Development Bank. Judge Noguchi was also a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court in 2005.
Judge Motoo Noguchi participated in the 2018 Handa Center panel on Justice for Victims: Lessons from the International Criminal Court.
Head of the International, Independent and Impartial Mechanism on Syria
Catherine Marchi-Uhel is the first head of the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) established by the UN General Assembly in December 2016. The IIIM was created to assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011.
Ms. Marchi-Uhel came to the IIIM with over 27 years of judicial and public service experience in the fields of criminal law, transitional justice and human rights. Since 2015, she has been the Ombudsperson for the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267, 1989 and 2253 concerning the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities. Ms. Marchi-Uhel also served as a judge for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She was Senior Legal Advisor and Head of Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Ms. Marchi-Uhel has also held legal positions within France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Catherine Marchi-Uhel delivered the 2018 Handa Center lecture on Accountability for the Most Serious Crimes Committed in Syria.
Harold Hongju Koh
Former Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State
Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He served for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, for which he received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.
Professor Koh is one of the country’s leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He has received seventeen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 200 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both U.S. and international tribunals. He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute.
Harold Koh delivered the 2017 Handa Center lecture on The Trump Administration and International Law.
Judge Fausto Pocar
Former President of the ICTY
Judge Fausto Pocar is a former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. He is currently Professor Emeritus of International Law at the University of Milan and serves as President of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.
In his 30-year association with the United Nations, Judge Pocar has served on both the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugolsavia (ICTY) and for Rwanda (ICTR). He served as President of the ICTY from 2005-2008 and sat on the tribunal’s first case concerned with rape as a crime against humanity. Judge Pocar also served for 16 years as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as both its Chairman and Rapporteur. He was also Special Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for visits to Chechnya and the Russian Federation during the first conflict in 1995-1996. He chaired the informal working group that drafted the Declaration on the rights of people belonging to national or ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities, which was adopted in 1992 by the UN General Assembly.
Judge Fausto Pocar delivered the 2016 Handa Center lecture on The Future of International Criminal Justice.
Ambassador David Scheffer Former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues
Ambassador David Scheffer served as the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials from 2012 to 2018. He is currently the Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law.
Ambassador Scheffer was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues, serving from 1997 to 2001. During his tenure he led the U.S. negotiations for the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda,. the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Prior to this position, he was Senior Adviser and Counsel for former Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright.
Ambassador Scheffer delivered the 2015 Handa Center lecture on What Has Been ‘Extraordinary’ About International Justice in Cambodia?
Rule of Law
Thomas Carothers Senior Vice President at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Thomas Carothers is Senior Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace overseeing all of Carnegie’s research programs. He also directs the Democracy and Rule of Law program and carries out research and writing on democracy-related issues.
Mr. Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law and civil society. He has authored six critically acclaimed books and many articles in prominent journals and newspapers, including a recent publication titled “Is the United States Giving Up on Democracy Promotion” (Foreign Policy, September 2016). Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Carothers practiced international and financial law at Arnold & Porter and served as an attorney advisor in the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State. He is currently a distinguished visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest and was previously a visiting faculty member at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Thomas Carothers delivered the 2018 Handa Center lecture on America’s Travails with Democracy and the Rule of Law as a Mirror of Global Retreat.