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The International War Crimes Project

Beginning in 1996, the Center participated in an arrangement with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, under which New England Law | Boston students provided legal research and analysis to the war crimes prosecutor on issues pending before the Tribunal. Issues ranged from the contours of command responsibility to the interpretation of the Genocide Convention. Members of the Public International Law and Policy Group provided the students with guidance and research assistance, and members of the law school faculty supervised and edited the final work product before it was provided to the Tribunal. New England Law | Boston is one of a handful of law schools in the world with this arrangement with the international prosecutor. Since its establishment, this program provided more than 100 legal memoranda and hundreds of thousands of pages of supporting research to the international prosecutor. The Tribunal cited a memo by a New England Law | Boston student in a published decision. This program was supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute, a branch of the George Soros Foundation.