As Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo has made inquiries into the alleged war crimes committed in Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. He has dealt with the genocide of Darfur, and recently led an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed under the Gaddafi regime. Prosecutor, a documentary by Barry Stevens, explores both the exploits of this exceptional man and the history of the ICC.

“It’s very radical… it’s the beginning of a world government,” said filmmaker Barry Stevens on the International Criminal Court. “The ICC is permanent and global. No society is stable without law and order. Without these elements, there’s no hope for permanent peace. “

Presented by the Faculty of Law at U of T in collaboration with its International Human Rights Program (IHRP), a free public screening of Prosecutor will be hosted this upcoming Monday evening at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Moreno-Ocampo himself will be in attendance to take questions from the audience after the screening, as will other prominent figures involved with global diplomacy.

“This event will be a fantastic way for the students at the University of Toronto to learn more about the International Criminal Court in an entertaining and accessible format,” said Renu Mandhane, Director of the IHRP. “It will also offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear the Luis Moreno-Ocampo in conversation with Canadian humanitarian envoy Stephan Lewis, and to pose questions to these leaders in the field of international human rights.”

Moreno-Ocampo first became renowned for his work in Argentina, where he served as one of two main prosecutors in the Trial of Juntas against members of the country’s de facto military government. His recent work focused on the revolution in Libya, indicting and calling for the arrest of the country’s previous leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son Seif al-Islam, as well as investigating the alleged crimes of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The film provides a deeper look into the daily life of Moreno-Ocampo, following his activities since 2009, five years after his appointment to Chief Prosecutor. It examines his first case, that of war criminal and Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, and the various difficulties he faced as its prosecutor.

The film also considers the ICC operations undertaken since its establishment in 2002, aiming to address the different controversies emerging from its attempts to promote justice around the world.

“Students will gain a deeper understanding of international criminal law, including the complexities of the International Criminal Court and some of its challenges and limitations,” Mandhane added with regards to the event’s overall purpose and message.

“We hope the November 14 event will create a space for reflection and debate on the role of international criminal courts in terms of facilitating transition from dictatorship to democracy and fostering long-term peace,” concluded Mandhane.

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  • Subtitle: Documentary screening features ICC history and chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo
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