Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig, moderated by Michael Montgomery
If you read mysteries, history, or current affairs, or care about justice, this panel is a must-see. The authors, most of them based at Berkeley Law's renowned Human Rights Center, take readers on a riveting journey—and a true one—in pursuit of Nazi war criminals, the perpetrators in the Balkan and Rwandan genocides, and more, up to the establishment of the International Criminal Court and America’s pursuit of suspected terrorists in the aftermath of 9/11. It is a story fraught with broken promises, backroom politics, ethical dilemmas, and daring escapades—all in the name of international justice and human rights.
Alexa Koenig, J.D., Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Human Rights Center and lecturer in residence at UC Berkeley School of Law. She is the editor, with Keramet Reiter, of "Extreme Punishment: Comparative Studies in Detention, Incarceration and Solitary Confinement," and a contributor to "The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices." A member of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Koenig often speaks and writes about the role of emerging technologies in human rights work. She also speaks on and teaches about drones, detention, and post 9/11 policies. Her research and commentary have appeared in such diverse outlets as the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Huffington Post, and US News and World Reports.
Michael Montgomery is a reporter and broadcast producer for The Center
for Investigative Reporting. He also is a special correspondent for
KQED Public Radio and contributing producer at American RadioWorks. A
veteran of radio, television and newspapers, Michael reports
extensively on criminal justice and prisons, vulnerable and exploited
populations, and the underground economy.
After completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Eastern Europe, Michael
began his career as a newspaper reporter covering the fall of
communism and wars in former Yugoslavia. He was a foreign
correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and a contributor to the Los
Angeles Times. Michael also served as a staff producer at CBS News and
senior reporter at American Public Media. His work has garnered
national and international prizes including an Overseas Press Club
Award, IRE Certificate, Edward R. Murrow Award, and Alfred I.
duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver batons.
Victor Peskin is an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University and a Research Fellow at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center. He is the author of "International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and the Struggle for State Cooperation," which was named a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title. The book examines the conditions under which states implicated in atrocities cooperate with international tribunals. His articles on the politics of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the ad hoc United Nations tribunals have been published in a number of journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, and Genocide Studies and Prevention. His current work examines the role of the ICC in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the politics of criminal accountability since the end of the 1999 Kosovo war. Peskin received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health at UC Berkeley. In the early 1990s, Stover took part in conducting the first research on the social and medical consequences of land mines in Cambodia and other post-war countries. During the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, he served on several medico-legal investigations as an "Expert on Mission" to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He conducted a survey of mass graves throughout Rwanda for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1995.
His most recent books include A Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo. (with Fred Abrahams and Gilles Peress); My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity (edited, with Harvey Weinstein); and The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in The Hague.