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War Crimes Prosecution: Conversation with Colonel Brenda Hollis, U.S. Air Force (Ret.); 4/18/01 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation With History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Colonel Brenda Hollis, who is a retired military officer from the U.S. Air Force and whose service in the military included service both as an intelligence officer and a member of the Judge Advocate Corps.

  1. Background ... influence of mother ... books ... To Kill a Mockingbird ... education ... Peace Corps
  2. Soldier/Lawyer ... Vietnam ... intelligence officer ... law school ... Judge Advocate Corps
  3. A Woman in the Military ... openness of Judge Advocate Corps ... importance of mother and sister's examples ... being centered as an individual ... outrage at injustice
  4. Human Rights Work ... introduction to Bosnia ... joining the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda ... defining the crimes ... creating the procedures ... defining the mandate of the international community ... securing enforcement
  5. Securing the Rights of Women ... legal precedents ... defining rape ... other sexual crimes ... difficult for victims to testify ... Rwanda Tribunal precedent
  6. Prosecuting for the Tribunal ... importance of the work ... frustrations ... satisfactions of work ... witnessing the courage of victims
  7. Challenges for Humanitarian Law ... justice and accountability ... language and communication
  8. Lessons Learned ... view of humankind and the future ... preparing for human rights work ... objectivity and integrity ... future organizational structures
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