The Cause of all Humanity: Why the United States Should Support the International Criminal Court


Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for a presentation by Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court on "The cause of all humanity: Why the United States should support the ICC.” His talk, moderated by Professor Kathryn Sikkink, will be followed by brief remarks by Dr. Geoff Dancy and Dr. Phuong Pham about their research on the effectiveness of the ICC.


  • Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji | President, International Criminal Court 
  • Dr. Geoff Dancy | Associate Professor Department of Political Science, Tulane University
  • Dr. Phuong Pham | Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)
  • Dr. Kathryn Sikkink (moderator) | Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School  

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji is the current president of the International Criminal Court. Prior to joining the ICC, he was the Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during which time he anchored the High Commissioner's interventions in cases involving human rights questions. In that capacity, he led the writing of amicus curiae submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court. He served as principal appeals counsel for the Prosecution in the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and has held several posts at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including Head of Chambers and Lead Prosecution Trial Counsel. He practiced law as a barrister before trial courts in Nigeria and Canada; and conducted appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Canada) and the Supreme Court of Canada. Judge Eboe-Osuji has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications, including the books titled International Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts, and Protecting Humanity (ed). 

Geoff Dancy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Tulane University. He studies international human rights law, international tribunals, transitional justice, and pragmatism. His work uses evidence to demonstrate that, despite persistent criticism from left and right, human rights institutions have produced positive impacts in the world. Abroad, he closely follows events in Sri Lanka and Kenya, as well as the operations of the International Criminal Court. At home, he thinks a good deal about gun violence, mass incarceration, and other symptoms of structural violence in the state of Louisiana. He is a former director and current consultant for the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative, a group focused on collecting data and developing theory about human rights prosecutions, truth commissions, and other mechanisms of post-authoritarian or post-conflict justice. His current book project is Beyond Backlash: A Pragmatist Approach to Human Rights Law and Practice.

Phuong Pham, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). She has over 15 years of experience in designing and implementing epidemiologic and evaluation research, technology solutions, and educational programs in on-going and post-conflict countries such as northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Iraq, Cambodia, Colombia and other areas affected by mass violence and humanitarian crisis. She co-founded (a portal of peacebuilding, human rights, and justice indicators) and KoboToolbox (a suite of software for digital data collection and visualization). Dr. Pham joined HHI after holding the positions of Director of Research at the University of California – Berkeley’s Human Rights Center and Adjunct Associate Professor at Tulane University's Payson Center for International Development.

Kathryn Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at HKS.  Sikkink works on international norms and institutions, transnational advocacy networks, the impact of human rights law and policies, and transitional justice.  Her publications include The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilies; Evidence for Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century; The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Center Book Award, and the WOLA/Duke University Award); Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America;  Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics (co-authored with Margaret Keck and awarded the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order, and the ISA Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book in the area of International Organizations); and The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance, (co-edited with Thomas Risse and Stephen Ropp).

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event. 

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