Swigart travels to East Africa pursuing activities related to the Center's work on international justice

Leigh Swigart with
ICTR Chief Prosecutor, Hassan Jallow

Leigh Swigart, associate director of the Center, spent 12 days in Tanzania and Kenya in late Fall 2004. During her visit, she attended a colloquium of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), explored resources for The Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) 2006, and began work on a book project focused on the profession of international judge.

The ICTR Colloquium, “Prosecutors’ Colloquium on the Challenges of International Criminal Justice,” brought together the chief prosecutors and high-ranking staff members from four international criminal courts. Other participants included the chiefs of investigations of the various courts, members of investigative teams and prosecutorial teams, representatives of defense teams, senior trial attorneys of the ICTR, national prosecutors from Rwanda and South Africa, as well as a number of observers from law schools and universities, researchers, and members of the press. The objective of the colloquium was for participants to identify and discuss the difficulties of the work they do and to share best practices across courts. Colloquium proceedings will be made available on the ICTR website.

While in Arusha, Tanzania, Swigart also interviewed two ICTR judges, commencing a book project on international judges and the critical place that they occupy in the international justice system. This project is with Daniel Terris and in collaboration with Cesare Romano of the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT)

Swigart met with numerous NGOs in Nairobi, Kenya that are involved with issues of human rights and law. She was able to solicit input on which issues are of most concern to their African constituencies. She also met with the East African offices of both the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations to explore possibilities for BIIJ 2006