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Local Students Meet International Court Chief Justice

Chief Justice Luis Moreno-Ocampo, center, of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, discussed his career bringing mass murderers to justice, including some former heads of state, at a forum.
Chief Justice Luis Moreno-Ocampo, center, of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, discussed his career bringing mass murderers to justice, including some former heads of state, at a forum. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center brought together 250 high school students to listen to a presentation by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief justice of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as part of a special program at the Jacob Burns Media Center in Pleasantville.

The students -- from Ossining High School, Iona Preparatory School, Briarcliff High School and Sleepy Hollow High School -- also viewed the film “Watchers of the Sky,” a 2014 American documentary that depicts the journey of lawyer Raphael Lemkin and his efforts in lobbying the United Nations to establish the Genocide Convention.

The group not only heard Moreno-Ocampo, who has prosecuted some of the world’s leading war criminals, but they also met Elizabeth Bohart, one of the film’s producers.

“Watchers of the Sky” won two awards last year at the Sundance Festival.

Following the chief justice’s talk, students participated in a discussion with Moreno-Ocampo about his work on the international court.

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