About the ICC Task Force
Task Force Members
- Todd F. Buchwald (Co-Chair) served as Special Coordinator for the State Department's Office of Global Criminal Justice from 2015–2017, and was conferred the rank of Ambassador by President Obama in 2016. Prior to assuming this position, he served as a career lawyer in the Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, including as the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs during the Clinton and Bush Administrations, and the Assistant Legal Adviser for United Nations Affairs during the Bush and Obama Administrations. After leaving the State Department, Mr. Buchwald was appointed as the inaugural Tom A. Bernstein Genocide Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, served as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is currently a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School.
- Beth Van Schaack (Co-Chair) is the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School and a Faculty Fellow with Stanford’s Center for Human Rights & International Justice. She previously served as Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. Department of State. In that capacity, she helped to advise the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights on the formulation of U.S. policy regarding the prevention of and accountability for mass atrocities, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. She also served on the U.S. interagency delegation to the Kampala Review Conference in 2010.
- David Bosco is an associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy. His research focuses on the political dynamics of international organizations and international law, including the International Criminal Court, which was the subject of his book Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics. Mr. Bosco previously worked on repatriating refugees to post-war Bosnia, including as deputy director of a United Nations and NATO joint project in Sarajevo.
- Sandra Lynn Hodgkinson is senior vice president for Strategy and Corporate Development at Leonardo DRS, and a retired officer in the United States Navy JAG Corps with twenty-two years of combined active and reserve service. She previously worked in a range of government positions relating to defense and international justice across the Department of Defense, United States Department of State, and the White House (during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations), including as Special Assistant (Chief of Staff) to Deputy Secretary of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, and Director for International Justice at the National Security Council.
- Saira Mohamed is Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law, where her research and teaching focus on criminal law, human rights, and responses to mass atrocities. She previously served as Senior Adviser in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan, where her work included addressing legal and policy issues regarding the International Criminal Court investigation in Darfur, and as an Attorney-Adviser for human rights and refugees in the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser.
- Alex Whiting is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and currently serves as Deputy Prosecutor at the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. He previously worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (as Investigation Coordinator and then Prosecution Coordinator) and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (as lead prosecution counsel in three war crimes and crimes against humanity trials). He also has ten years' experience as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States.