Adam Weber, a seasoned litigator and former international war crimes prosecutor, has been appointed as the director of the International Trial Advocacy LL.M. Program at Chicago-Kent College of Law.
“We are thrilled that someone of Adam’s international stature and connections has agreed to run the program,” said Chicago-Kent Dean Harold Krent.
Weber is best known for his prominent role as a trial attorney at the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a special court established to try those responsible for serious violations of humanitarian law committed in the Balkans. At the ICTY, he prosecuted cases involving senior political, police and military officials and brought justice for countless victims. In his final case, Weber’s efforts helped secure the conviction of General Ratko Mladić, the highest ranking officer prosecuted at the tribunal.
In addition to his experience at the ICTY, Weber served as an assistant state’s attorney in Chicago’s high-volume felony trial courtrooms. He has also served as an expert legal consultant for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
“I am honored to join Chicago-Kent’s faculty,” said Weber, who added, “This program provides a special opportunity for international students to develop their skills and learn from some of the finest courtroom advocates in the world.”
The law school’s LL.M. Program in Trial Advocacy for International Students teaches persuasive and effective courtroom litigation skills and advocacy. Open to full-time international students, the program focuses on the U.S. adversarial trial system, a system somewhat similar to newly revised “oral trials” being adopted by many other countries.