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Lesar Lecture

2018 Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture

Adam Weber

Adam Weber, J.D.

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Office of the Prosecutor, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UN-ICTY), Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Assistant State's Attorney

The Legacy of the International Tribunals and the MLADIC Case

Tuesday, March 27, 5:00 p.m.

Lesar Law Building, Auditorium

Reception immediately following lecture in the Formal Lounge

Mr. Weber is a distinguished prosecutor who has dedicated his career to serving communities in Illinois and throughout the world. His vast trial experience encompasses everything from street level narcotics cases to mass atrocities involving widespread ethnic cleansing campaigns.  Most recently, Mr. Weber completed his service as a Trial Attorney before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where his efforts helped secure the conviction of General Ratko Mladić, the highest ranking officer prosecuted at the Tribunal.

Mr. Weber started his career in Chicago as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Illinois.  In Chicago, he built a reputation for fairness, excellence and integrity as a Special Prosecutor in the Narcotics Prosecutions Bureau and the Felony Trial Division of the State’s Attorney’s office.  Through successive assignments, he honed his trial skills by handling a broad array of cases in Chicago’s high volume courtrooms and his efforts led to a series of convictions in cases involving gang-related crimes.  The invaluable experience acquired by Mr. Weber as a county prosecutor in Illinois served as the foundation for his future service to the international community.

For the past ten years, Mr. Weber led prosecutions at the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a special international court established to try those responsible for war crimes committed in the Balkans.  During his time at the ICTY, Mr. Weber investigated and prosecuted several cases involving senior political, police and military officials and brought justice for countless victims throughout the former Yugoslavia. His first case at the Tribunal was the prosecution of Milan Lukić, a senior paramilitary leader who committed mass murders in the municipality of Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lukić’s horrific perpetration of violence against ethnic minorities were deemed to “exemplify the worst acts of inhumanity that a person may inflict upon others” and ranked high “In the all too long, sad and wretched history of man’s inhumanity to man.”[1]

Mr. Weber also served as a supervising prosecutor in the case against General Ratko Mladić. The trial of General Mladić resulted in one of the most notable convictions before an international tribunal for genocide, terror and crimes against humanity. During the Mladić trial, Mr. Weber oversaw the presentation of evidence pertaining to the forty-four month siege of Sarajevo and led substantial evidence related to the Bosnian Serb ethnic cleansing campaign committed throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and the genocide committed in Srebrenica. His impactful examinations and closing arguments in the Mladić case captured world-wide attention.[2] Mr. Weber’s other notable prosecutions at the international level include the Head of the Republic of Serbia’s intelligence service for the ethnic cleansing of huge swaths of Croatia and Bosnia on behalf of the Slobodan Milošević regime.        

Mr. Weber is also a former faculty member with the National Advocacy Center and former adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University School of Law.

[1] http://www.icty.org/x/cases/milan_lukic_sredoje_lukic/tjug/en/090720_judg_summary_en.pdf

[2] See e.g. https://www.apnews.com/7e788eceb1554d1aaa69e07851ad51d2; http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/ratko-mladic-terrorised-sarajevo-during-siege-prosecutors-12-07-2016; http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/mladic-s-witness-claims-genetic-superiority-of-serbs 

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