M. CHERIF BASSIONI, WAR-CRIMES JURIST AND HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION, IS DEAD AT 79
By MARLISE SIMONSOCT. 4, 2017
M. Cherif Bassiouni, a renowned Egyptian-American jurist who helped found two war–crimes tribunals and was widely regarded as a godfather of modern international criminal justice, died on Sept. 25 at his home in Chicago. He was 79.
The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, his family said.
Mr. Bassiouni (pronounced bass-ee-YOU-nee), a descendant of a prominent Egyptian family, was a mix of quintessential intellectual, diplomat and human rights activist, as comfortable in the Academy as he was investigating and denouncing crimes in conflict zones. He taught at universities, worked for the United Nations and advised governments.
In boks, law journals, seminars and reports from conflict areas, Mr. Bassiouni elaborated on definitions of the gravest international crimes, including crimes against humanity and genocide. And he helped shape new ways to hold perpetrators accountable before the law.
In the early 1990s, long before trials were held, he denounced the large-scale sexual abuse of Muslim and Catholic women in Bosnia as war crimes and said that Bosnian Serbs were using rape as a tool of ethnic cleansing, to drive entire communities from their land.
With his erudition and ebullient presence, he trained a cohort of international lawyers and judges. While running institutes in the United States and Europe and teaching courses in many plaes, he was also a workaholic author whose writings cover several shelves: 35 books. close to 40 edited volumes and more than 270 essays law rewiew articles. And he never stopped.
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