About Us

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) was established by the American University Washington College of Law in 1995 in response to a request for assistance from then Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR).

In the years since, the WCRO has provided research support to various inter-national, hybrid, and national bodies tasked with prosecuting serious international crimes and undertaken an array of other international criminal law projects. Through this work, the WCRO provides J.D. and LL.M. students the opportunity to undertake legal research and writing on cutting-edge issues in this field. View our mandate and activities.

Featured News

Join us April 4 for the launch of Prof. Diane Orentlicher's new book,

Join us April 4 for the launch of Prof. Diane Orentlicher's new book, "Some Kind of Justice"

Join us April 4 at 12:00 PM for the launch of Professor Diane Orentlicher's new book, "Some Kind of Justice: The ICTY's Impact on Bosnia and Serbia," featuring a panel discussion moderated by NPR's Tom Gjelten with Professor Orentlicher, Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic of the National Endowment for Democracy, and Dapo Akande of the University of Oxford. Click "read more" for more information and to RSVP!

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War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto Honored on Gender Justice Legacy Wall

War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto Honored on Gender Justice Legacy Wall

War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) Director Susana SáCouto was honored as part of the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice's unveiling of the Gender Justice Legacy Wall at an event that coincided with the 16th Annual Assembly of States Parties meeting in New York.

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Our Projects 

Summer Law Program in The Hague

The Summer Law Program in The Hague offers participants an opportunity to study some of the most important legal issues today in the heart of the international justice community. The ABA-approved, six-credit summer program includes two three-credit courses: International Criminal Law: In Search of Accountability and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism in the 21st Century.