Blood Diamonds Prosecutor David Crane spoke at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11th in the Fred W. Smith Forum Room of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. A reception was held prior to his presentation.
David M. Crane was appointed a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law in the summer of 2006. Prior to that time he was a distinguished visiting professor for the 2005 academic year. From 2002-2005 he was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal, appointed to that position by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, on 19 April, 2002. Among those he indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity was the President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, the first sitting African head of state in history to be indicted for such international crimes. Professor Crane served over 30 years in the federal government of the United States. Appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the United States in 1997, Mr. Crane held numerous key managerial positions during his three decades of public service prior to his tribunal appointment. Professor Crane holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts Degree in African Studies and a Bachelor of General Studies in History, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio University. Prior to his departure from West Africa in 2005, Professor Crane was made an honorary Paramount Chief by the Civil Society Organizations of Sierra Leone. For his service to humanity, Case Western Reserve University in Ohio awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in May, 2008.