MTO Lawyers participate in one-of-a-kind legal training program to aid victims of violence in Darfur, Sudan

Litigation partners Brad Brian and Jerry Roth, along with associate Genevieve Cox, were part of a team of American legal professionals who donated their time and expertise to train Sudanese lawyers in advocacy skills and international human rights law to represent victims of the Darfur crisis before the International Criminal Court and other international tribunals. 

This week-long Darfur Legal Training Program, held in London from June 3-9, 2007, included faculty members with experience at the International Criminal Court – including former Los Angeles U.S. Attorney Terree A. Bowers, former Enron prosecutor Leslie Caldwell, and the Honorable Bernice Donald, a federal judge from Tennessee.  The Program was inspired by Sudanese lawyer, human rights activist, and more recently parliament member Salih Mahoud Osman.

It was through Mr. Osman that the MTO attorneys learned of the difficulties of representing rape and torture victims in a court system that makes it very difficult to prosecute the perpetrators.  By preparing the Sudanese lawyers for possible trials in an international tribunal, it is Mr. Brian's hope that “[o]ur curriculum can become a model for future training programs to help lawyers around the world assure that the Rule of Law is a reality for all.”

The project was sponsored by the American Bar Association with funding from the MacArthur Foundation.  Mr. Brian is a former head of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.  Mr. Roth serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation's International Litigation Committee.  Ms. Cox is a litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.

To learn more about the genesis of this training program  please browse to the Los Angeles Daily Journal article.

Click on the San Francisco Attorney Magazine article below to read a first-hand recount of the program from Jerry Roth and Genevieve Cox.