AmP session with Gregory Townsend

On 17 May 2016, CICJ will welcome Gregory Townsend for another Academic meets Practitioner (“AmP”) session. During these sessions, the CICJ researchers and other invited academics meet with international criminal justice practitioners. Together they discuss their views on various challenges encountered in the practice of prosecutions of international crimes. The series aims to promote a constructive dialogue and future collaboration between the academia and practice.

Gregory Townsend will provide a presentation on the ICTY, the completion of its mandate in 2017, witness protection, and the ramping up of the Mechanism (MICT). Given his experience in the field of international criminal justice, CICJ is pleased to host Gregory Townsend. A graduate of UCLA, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, L’Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales (Univ. de Genève) and Loyola Law School, Gregory started his legal career as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles. In 1998, he joined the ICTR, where he clerked for a Slovenian Supreme Court Justice before joining the prosecution, spending more than seven years working on numerous cases against high-ranking military and civilian leaders from Rwanda.  He later became a prosecutor for both the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and ICTY. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Head of Office for the SCSL in The Hague on the trial of Liberian President Charles Taylor.  He joined the STL in 2010 as chief legal advisor to the Prosecutor and helped craft the first-ever, international indictment for the crime of terrorism against five members of Hezbollah for the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In May 2014, he returned to the ICTY as chief of the Registry’s Court Support Services Section, where he currently oversees court operations, legal aid and witness protection.

The meetings are by invitation only. For further information or if you are interested in joining, please contact Barbora Hola.

Date:              17 May 2016

Time:              12.30 – 14.00

Venue:           VU University Amsterdam, Initium building, Room IN 1A-49