Forensic Anthropology, International Justice, and the Quest to End Crimes Against Humanity

Haglund examining a skullDr. William Haglund, United Nations Senior Forensic Advisor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and Senior Consultant to Physicians for Human Rights

Distinguished Visiting Practitioner Residency

October 30 - November 2, 2007

"Mass graves contain individuals." -William Haglund

William D. Haglund is a forensic anthropologist who has served as the United Nations’ Senior Forensic Advisor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia. From 1998- 2006 he was Director of the International Forensic Program for Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). His work with the United Nations and PHR has included investigation of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, and genocide. He has organized and directed forensic assessments and investigations in numerous countries, including Guatemala, Honduras, Rwanda, Somaliland, Georgia/Abkhazia, the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, October 24 (pre-residency)

A screening of The Seeker, a film featuring the life and work of Dr. Haglund.

Tuesday, October 30

Criminal Law and Forensic Anthropology: An open discussion with William Leahy's International Criminal Law and Human Rights class and the Brandeis community.

Wednesday, October 31

Uncovering the Dead: Truth and Justice After Mass Atrocities: Discussion and lunch with Master's Students in Sustainable International Development and the Brandeis community.

Global Perspectives on Health: Dr. Haglund speaks about forensic anthropology and its relevance to the careers of health practitioners.

Thursday, November 1

A Day In The Life of a Forensic Anthropologist. Cosponsored by Hiatt Career Center

Office hours for students to drop by for 1-on-1 conversations

Keynote address "The Promise of Nuremberg." 
"The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated." -Justice Robert Jackson, Chief Prosecutor for the United States at the Nuremberg Trials

Dr. Haglund's residency was sponsored by the Ethics Center and hosted by the Anthropology Department, with lead faculty member Elizabeth Ferry. The visit was cosponsored by the Biology Department; Cultural Production; Health: Science, Society and Policy; the Heller School program in Sustainable International Development; Hiatt Career Center; International and Global Studies; the Latin American and Latino Studies Program; the Legal Studies Program; Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies, and was supported through the Martin Weiner Fund.