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Patricia Viseur Sellers

Legal Advisor on Gender-Related Crimes and Trial Attorney/Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, 1994-2007; currently a Special Advisor at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

sellersAn interview with Patricia Viseur Sellers, conducted by Susana SáCouto on 1 June 2016 in The Hague.

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Please use the following citation format: Oral History Interview with Patricia Viseur Sellers (2017), Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project, pages XX, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Interview content

In her interview, Ms. Sellers reminisces about contacting Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald to explore employment at the ICTY; the moment Prijedor was announced as a central location for the work of the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor; being approached by Prosecutor Goldstone and Deputy Prosecutor Blewitt to determine the feasibility of investigating sexual violence under the ICTY Statute; and the differences between being a public defender in Philadelphia, a human rights advocate in Brazil, and working at the ICTY.  She discusses dealing with bureaucracy at the international level; adjusting to a hybrid common law/civil law system; linguistic challenges between Anglophone and Francophone judges and staff at the ICTY/ICTR; the nature of prosecuting sexual crimes in a mostly male setting; examining gender relationships within the Office of the Prosecutor itself; and the importance of the landmark sexual violence cases on which she worked. 

Biographical information

Patricia Viseur Sellers was born in 1954 in the United States. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in 1976 and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. She worked as a Staff Accountant for the U.S. Tax Department at Price Waterhouse (Brussels, Belgium) from 1987 to 89; with the European Union, Commission – Directorate General for External Relations, Southeast Asia Division from 1990 to 94); and with the ICTY Office of the Prosecutor from 1994 to 2007. She is currently a Special Advisor at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford University, where shes teaches international criminal law