|Law professor presents at Genocide Conference|
School of Law Professor Gregory Gordon was a guest panelist at a recent conference investigating the issues surrounding "State-Sanctioned Incitement of Genocide."
Gordon attended the conference Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C., where he was joined by other international relations experts, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke. Gordon sat on a panel of experts who focused on study cases in which incitement led to genocide, with a special focus on atrocities in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
The conference was sponsored by Sponsored Genocide Watch International Association of Genocide Scholars, Yale University's Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
Gordon is director of the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies at UND, and teaches in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, international law and international human rights law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) and Juris Doctor at the University of California at Berkeley. He then served as law clerk to U. S. District Court Judge Martin Pence. After a stint as a litigator in San Francisco, he worked with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he served as legal officer and deputy team leader for the landmark "media" cases, the first international post-Nuremberg prosecutions of radio and print media executives for incitement to genocide. For this work, Gordon received a commendation from Attorney General Janet Reno for "Service to the United States and International Justice." After his experience at ICTR, he became a white-collar criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. Following a detail as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, he was appointed as the Tax Division's Liaison to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (Pacific Region) for which he helped prosecute large narcotics trafficking rings. Also during this time, he was detailed to Sierra Leone to conduct a post-civil war justice assessment for DOJ's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training. In 2003, he joined the Criminal Division's Office of Special Investigations, where he helped investigate and prosecute Nazi war criminals and modern human rights violators.
Gordon has been featured on C-SPAN, NPR and Radio France Internationale as an expert on war crimes prosecution and has lectured on that subject at the U.S. Army J.A.G. School and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library. On behalf of the Ethiopian government, he has trained high-level federal prosecutors in Addis Ababa. His scholarship on international criminal law has been published in leading international journals, such as the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. He has presented his work at institutions such as Yale University, Georgetown University Law Center and Emory University.