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War Crimes Prosecutor to Speak at UC Davis School of Law

March 2, 2010

Fatou Bensouda, an expert on rape as a tool of war and a top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will speak on global gender violence at 5 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the UC Davis School of Law.

Bensouda will deliver her address, “Gender Violence and International Criminal Law,” in the Wilkins Moot Courtroom. Her appearance coincides with International Women’s Day and is sponsored by the law school’s California International Law Center.

As the second-ranking prosecutor at the international court, Bensouda investigates genocide and other war crimes, from sexual violence to forced recruitment of child soldiers in places such as Darfur, Congo, Central African Republic, Guinea, Kenya and Uganda. She discussed her work in an interview for “The Reckoning,” a 2009 documentary that aired on PBS’ “Frontline.”

Before joining the court in 2004, Bensouda served as attorney general, the top law enforcement officer, in Gambia, the West African country in which she was born. This is her first trip to California.

Bensouda's visit is supported by the Planethood Foundation, established by Donald Ferencz, son of former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, to support programs focused on international criminal justice.

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