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Sara Criscitilli '75

Prosecutions Coordinator, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

Sara Criscitilli ’75 is the prosecutions coordinator — essentially, chief of prosecutions — for the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The bulk of her career was in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served for 26 years as both a trial and an appellate lawyer.

As an appellate lawyer, Criscitilli practiced in all the federal circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court, also serving for a short time as the acting chief of appeals in a U.S. attorney’s office in California.

As a trial lawyer, Criscitilli prosecuted several trials and argued many pre- and post-trial motions in multiple districts. She also supervised fraud investigations, indictments and prosecutions throughout the United State. Moreover, she handled and supervised extradition cases and other national and international litigation, treaty negotiations and miscellaneous projects for the Departments of Justice and State.

In the midst of all of this, Criscitilli also taught many classes, including for four years as an adjunct professor of international criminal law at George Washington University Law School.

In September 2008, Criscitilli joined the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court on a three-month arrangement to fill in for the appeals chief while he was on sabbatical. When the appeals chief returned the prosecutor asked Criscitilli to remain as the chief of prosecutions, which she has done through some of the most active periods in the history of the ICC.