Lennart Aspegren

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Lennart Aspegren Nov 12 2012

Lennart Aspegren (born 1931) was a Swedish judge who served on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).[1] He was one of three judges who ruled that rape fell within the legal definition of genocide and crimes against humanity in the case involving Jean-Paul Akayesu. Akeyesu was the first genocide trial in history: "Not even Eichmann in Israel, who was accused of having committed crimes against humanity, was charged with genocide". While serving on the Tribunal he worked with Navi Pillay who later became the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 2011, Aspegren accepted a position with the UN Expert Committee for Gaza; together with American judge Mary Davis, Aspergen prepared a report colloquially called the "Davis/Aspegren Report". It was presented by the UN Human Rights Council’s Committee in 2011; the United States and Israel voted against it.[2]


  1. ^ Bartrop, Paul R. (2012-07-06). A Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-0-313-38679-4.
  2. ^ "Lennart Aspegren Speaks About the Akeyesu Trial". Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Retrieved 2018-11-24.

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