The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Advancing Accountability on a Difficult International Terrain

Discussion with Richard Dicker, Director of Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program


As we head into a new year, the landscape for accountability for the most serious crimes is a challenging one. There is an increasing number of country situations (Myanmar, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan) marked by total impunity for mass atrocities. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court is overstretched, under-resourced and struggling to ramp up its own performance as the Prosecutor there seeks to open an investigation in Afghanistan that could target US nationals. In “Advancing Accountability on a Difficult International Terrain” Richard Dicker will explore the road ahead for international justice through highlighting benchmarks for progress as well as key obstacles on an admittedly uphill path.    


Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's international justice program since it was founded in 2001, has worked at Human Rights Watch since 1990. He started working on international justice issues in 1994 when Human Rights Watch attempted to persuade several governments to bring a case before the International Court of Justice charging the government of Iraq with genocide against the Kurds. Dicker later led the Human Rights Watch multi-year campaign to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC). He continues to be closely involved on issues that are important at the ICC. 
He has spent the past few years leading advocacy efforts urging the creation of effective accountability mechanisms in several different countries, including DRC, CAR and Bosnia. He monitored the Slobodan Milosevic trial in The Hague and made several trips to Iraq before and at the start of Saddam Hussein's trial at the Iraqi High Tribunal. 
A former civil rights attorney in New York, Dicker graduated from New York University Law School and received his LL.M from Columbia University. He has authored many article on justice for the most serious crimes that have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune and The Guardian. He teaches international criminal courts at UCLA Law School and Columbia Law School.

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Sponsors: The Promsie Institute for Human RightsInternational and Comparative Law ProgramInternational Human RIghts Law AssociationBurkle Center for International Relations; Human Rights Watch