Alex Whiting

Interview conducted 11 December 2014 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by David P. Briand and Leigh Swigart.

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Interview Content

In this interview, Alex Whiting reminisces about his early career in criminal law; influential instructors in law school; the work between investigators and prosecutors at International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); field investigations in the Kosovo Liberation Army case; and instances of witness intimidation.

He discusses languages spoken at the ICTY; cognitive dissonance between U.S. support of the ICTY and no accountability for torture during the War on Terror; common law and civil law systems at the ICTY; lawyers from the Balkans and ICTY defendants; comparisons between the ICTY and Nuremberg; the challenges of working through interpreters; and comparisons between the ICTY and the International Criminal Court.

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Biographical Information

Alex Whiting served from 2002 to 2007 as a trial attorney and then a senior trial attorney with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He was lead prosecution counsel in Prosecutor v. Fatmir Limaj, Isak Musliu and Haradin Bala; Prosecutor v. Milan Martić; and Prosecutor v. Dragomir Milošević. Before going to the ICTY, he was a U.S. federal prosecutor for 10 years, first with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C., and then with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, where he focused on organized crime and corruption cases.

From 2010 until 2013, he was in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he served first as the investigations coordinator, overseeing all of the investigations in the office, and then as prosecutions coordinator, overseeing all of the office's ongoing prosecutions. Since 2013, he has been a professor of practice at Harvard Law School, where he teaches, writes and consults on domestic and international criminal prosecution issues.