Yale Law School was pleased to welcome Luis Moreno-Ocampo as the inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecturer in Global Justice. The first Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mr. Ocampo spoke on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, on the topic, “The Office of the Chief Prosecutor: The Challenges of the Inaugural Years.” The lecture began at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127. A reception followed in the Alumni Reading Room.

“Mr. Ocampo holds an historic place in the modern use of international law to pursue global justice,” said Yale Law School Dean Robert Post ’77. “This is a special occasion for the Law School and the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights. We are delighted to welcome this distinguished champion of international justice.”

The Gruber Lecture was preceded on Monday by a related panel discussion from 10 a.m. to noon on “The Rome Statute, the ICC, and the Pursuit of Justice.” Yale Law School professors Oona Hathaway ’97 and Michael Reisman ’64 LLM, ’65 JSD and Columbia professor Samuel Moyn analyzed the rise of international criminal justice and the ICC’s prospects and limitations in deterring illegal wars.

The discussion continued Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a panel on “Creating War Crimes.” Yale Law professors Mirjan Damaška and John Fabian Witt ’99 and Beth Van Schaack ’97, Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for War Crimes at the U.S. Department of State, examined the legal concept of war crimes and the role of the United States in securing international justice. Both panels were held in the Faculty Lounge.

The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice is sponsored by the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School, established in 2011 by philanthropists Peter and Patricia Gruber as part of the Gruber Foundation. The Gruber Program at Yale Law School also supports The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights, the Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women's Rights, and the annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar.