An interview with Gregory Townsend, Los Angeles County Public Defender (1997-98); Associate Legal Officer, ICTR Registry and Chambers (1998-2000); Assistant Trial Attorney, ICTR Office of the Prosecutor (2000-03); International Prosecutor, UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (2003-05); Trial attorney, ICTR OTP (2005-07); Trial Attorney, ICTY OTP (2007-08); Head of Office and Senior Legal Officer, Registry of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2008-10); Senior Legal Officer and Chief, Legal Advisory and Disclosure Section, Special Tribunal for Lebanon OTP (2010-14); Senior Legal Officer, Chief, Court Support Services Section, ICTY Registry (2014-present).

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dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-31T18:32:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-31T18:32:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/34678
dc.description.abstract A transcript of an interview with Gregory Townsend by Leigh Swigart. The interview took place on June 1, 2017 at The Hague, Netherlands, and the transcript, which is represented here, has been reviewed and edited from the original audio version. During the interview, Townsend reminisces on his early career as a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles; how a Fletcher school classmate facilitated his career shift to the ICTR; his perspective on the testimony of famed ICTR rape survivor and witness T.A., and the low level of performance by defense counsel during the same proceedings. Townsend also discusses circumstances that led to his work on the ICTR Kayishema/Ruzindana judgment; investigation difficulties in the early life of the ICTR; building trust with witnesses; the interactions between common law and civil law systems in ICTR proceedings; contrast betwen ICTR and UNMIK proceedings; limitations of monolingual judges and lawyers at the ICTR and his emphasis on the importance of speaking multiple languages in such an environment; contrast between nature of evidence at Ad Hoc Tribunals andbig data at Special Tribunal for Lebanon; the impact of technology on the investigatory phase of the STL Hariri Case, and reflections on the state of international criminal justice as of 2017. en
dc.description.sponsorship International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life en
dc.format.extent 36 p. + index
dc.format.medium Text
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof http://findingaids.brandeis.edu/repositories/2/resources/262
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project
dc.rights Copyright restrictions may apply. For permission to copy or use this image, contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries en
dc.subject.lcsh International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
dc.subject.lcsh International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991.
dc.subject.lcsh International law.
dc.subject.lcsh International courts.
dc.subject.lcsh Multilingual communication.
dc.title An interview with Gregory Townsend, Los Angeles County Public Defender (1997-98); Associate Legal Officer, ICTR Registry and Chambers (1998-2000); Assistant Trial Attorney, ICTR Office of the Prosecutor (2000-03); International Prosecutor, UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (2003-05); Trial attorney, ICTR OTP (2005-07); Trial Attorney, ICTY OTP (2007-08); Head of Office and Senior Legal Officer, Registry of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2008-10); Senior Legal Officer and Chief, Legal Advisory and Disclosure Section, Special Tribunal for Lebanon OTP (2010-14); Senior Legal Officer, Chief, Court Support Services Section, ICTY Registry (2014-present). en
dc.contributor.interviewee Townsend, Gregory
dc.contributor.interviewer Swigart, Leigh


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