International Criminal Court prosecutor to speak at law school Sept. 22

Bensouda to receive 2011 World Peace Through Law Award

Fatou Bensouda, deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), will discuss the current issues facing the ICC at noon Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall.


Bensouda, a native of The Republic of The Gambia, was elected to her current position in 2004 and is in charge of the prosecution division of the Office of the Prosecutor.

Prior to her election, she worked as a legal adviser and trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of senior legal adviser and head of the Legal Advisory Unit.

Bensouda is the recipient of the 2011 World Peace Through Law Award from the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.

The World Peace Through Law Award is bestowed upon an individual who, by his or her work and writings, has considerably advanced the rule of law and, thereby, contributed to world peace.

“Deputy Prosecutor Bensouda has dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice and the rule of law,” says Leila N. Sadat, JD, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.

“This award acknowledges her extraordinary work in the field of international criminal justice and her many achievements as an ardent champion of human rights,” she says.

Established in 2006, the award recognizes an individual who has achieved great distinction in the field of international law and international relations.

Bensouda’s lecture is sponsored by the Harris Institute and the law school’s Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit