- September 1, 2009
- DeKalb Bar Feature
The DeKalb County District Attorney can now boast of an attorney on staff with international prosecutorial experience. Jill Polster, an assistant district attorney, recently served a three-month appointment as a Visiting Professional in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. The majority of her duties involved the prosecution of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Boasting aside, Jill’s experience at the ICC is remarkable.
For people like me, who know very little (okay, nothing) about the ICC, it is the world’s first permanent international court. Launched on July 1, 2002, and founded by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the ICC has jurisdiction over crimes of genocide, crimes