David Crane holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts Degree in African Studies and a Bachelor of General Studies in History, summa cum laude, from Ohio University. Professor Crane was appointed a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law in 2006. From 2002-2005 he was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Professor Crane was the first American since Justice Robert Jackson and Telford Taylor at Nuremberg, in 1945, to be the Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal. Professor Crane served over 30 years in the federal government of the United States. Appointed to the Senior Executive Service of the United States in 1997, Mr. Crane has held numerous key managerial positions during his three decades of public service, among his former posts we could mention Director of the Office of Intelligence Review.
Professor Crane teaches international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and national security law at the Syracuse University College of Law. Additionally, he is a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism, a joint venture with the Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University. Professor Crane is on the leadership council of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section and currently serves as a co-chair on the sections International Criminal Court Task Force. In 2006/7, he founded Impunity Watch a law review and public service blog.