ICAR to Host 18th Annual Lynch Lecture this Month

Posted: April 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court based in The Hague, will deliver “The Conflict Between Peace and Justice” for the 18th Annual Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Lecture on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Elected as chief prosecutor by the Assembly of States Parties, Moreno-Ocampo, a native of Argentina, has extensive experience as a prosecutor, trial lawyer, and university lecturer in a variety of fields, including international criminal justice, journalists’ protection, and human rights law.

In 1984, Moreno-Ocampo served as the lead investigator in a case involving nine senior members of the Argentine military from the series of brutal juntas that ruled the country from 1976 until 1980. The defendants, five of whom were ultimately convicted, were charged with 700 counts of murder, kidnapping, and torture in the first case against individuals for ordering the mass killings of innocents since the Nuremberg Trial of Third Reich leaders following the end of World War II.

The Lynch Lectures were established by ICAR in gratitude to Edwin (deceased) and Helen Lynch, friends of ICAR and prominent Virginians. The Lynches made a substantial gift to the university in 1987 to establish a chair in the name of Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch, Edwin Lynch’s parents. The chair is currently held by Sandra Cheldelin, an ICAR associate professor and practicum coordinator for the Applied Practice and Theory Program. The Lynch Lectures are published by ICAR as a part of its Occasional Papers series.

This year’s Lynch Lecture will be held in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, located at 529 14th Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C. Those who wish to attend must RSVP by April 8 by e-mailing icarmgr@gmu.edu or calling 703-993-1300.

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