Alex Whiting, an assistant clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School, will join the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the investigation coordinator this December. Serving as the deputy to the chief of investigations, he will be responsible for managing and providing legal guidance and direction to all of the ICC’s investigations in this new post.
Said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow: “This is a superb appointment for the ICC, as well as an unparalleled opportunity for Alex Whiting, whose impressive track record in international and domestic prosecutions and investigations is matched only by his excellent judgment and tenacity. As his co-teacher in the course in the International Criminal Court’s prosecution efforts, I have had the privilege of working closely with Alex. We look forward to learning about his experiences and we are glad he can bring his talents to this challenging and important effort.”
Whiting will take on existing ICC investigations in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Kenya, among other countries.
“I am enormously excited and honored to have this opportunity to work at the ICC,” said Whiting. “The court faces staggering challenges in its mission to investigate and prosecute atrocities occurring around the world. I look forward to contributing to the work of this important institution as it seeks to bring perpetrators to justice.”
Since joining the HLS faculty in 2007, Whiting has led the Law School’s clinical offerings on domestic and international prosecution, teaching Government Lawyer and the War Crimes Prosecution Workshop.
Prior to coming to HLS, Whiting was a senior trial attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). In 2007, he successfully prosecuted a case against Serbian rebel leader Milan Martic, who was sentenced to 35 years in jail by the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague for atrocities carried out in Croatia in the early 1990s.
Whiting also served domestically as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts and as a trial attorney in the criminal section of the Civil Rights Division in the Department of Justice. He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale.