David M. Crane

David M. Crane is a Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law, where he is a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. Prior to that, he was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2005. As Undersecretary General, his mandate was to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in the 1990s. Amongst those he indicted was former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, the first sitting African Head of State to be held accountable in history. Professor Crane served in the US federal government for over 30 years. He held numerous key managerial positions and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1997. He is a fellow of the American Bar Association where he is on the leadership council of its International Law Section, and he served as the Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Panel on the International Criminal Court’s 2010 Review Session. He is the founder of Impunity Watch and currently leads the Syrian Accountability Project. To bring awareness to this conflict, he helped found the ‘I am Syria’ campaign. Professor Crane is widely published in the area of international humanitarian law, amongst other topics. He holds a JD from Syracuse University, a MA in African Studies and a BGS in History from Ohio University. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Case Western University.