Professor Chris Jenks Appears Before International Criminal Court (ICC)


SMU Dedman School of Law is proud to commemorate a decades long return to an International Criminal Tribunal since the days of the Nuremberg Trials (1945-1946). During this time, SMU Law School had the unique distinction of having four of its professors involved in these Trials (i.e., Dean Robert G. Storey, Whitney Harris, Walter Brudno, and Jan Charmatz).

Professor Chris Jenks represented SMU Dedman School of Law as an amicus curiae during a Monday, October 12, 2020 appeal in the conviction of Bosco Ntaganda (former military chief of staff of the National Congress for the Defense of the People, an armed militia group operating in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

On March 22, 2013, Ntaganda was taken into custody by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. On July 8, 2019, the ICC convicted him of war crimes. He was subsequently sentenced to 30 years for crimes against humanity. 

Professor Jenks made a virtual appearance at the Court and assisted with its interpretation of the word "attack" as applied to protected objects – in this case a church and a hospital.

In a screening process with world-renowned scholars that began this summer, Jenks was selected by the ICC as one of only two guests to speak on this topic during this high-profile case.

Screen shots from the remote court appearance are below.

ICC - Chris Jenks appearance  ICC - Chris Jenks 2