Richard Dicker teaches Prospects for International Justice. Previously a civil rights attorney in New York, he is the current director of Human Right Watch’s international justice program since it was founded in 2001 and has worked at Human Rights Watch since 1991. He started working on international justice issues in 1994 when Human Rights Watch attempted 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 also spent the past few years leading advocacy efforts urging the creation of effective accountability mechanisms. He monitored the Slobodan Milosevic trial in The Hague and made many trips to Iraq before and at the start of Saddam Hussein’s trial.
Dicker earned his J.D. at New York University Law School, and his LL.M. at Columbia University. His work on justice issues has appeared in Foreign Policy, The International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, and The Economist, among many others.