Alumni Short

Koh Appointed to United Nations War Crimes Tribunal

Steven Arrigg Koh ’08 has been appointed associate legal officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, working in Chambers on the Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadžić case. The case, expected to last until 2014, charges the former president of Republic Srpska with committing international crimes such as genocide, persecution, murder, and deportation.

“I am honored to be working on this historic trial in The Hague,” says Koh, who also served for eight months assisting the legal adviser to President Sang-Hyun Song of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Koh previously worked as a Visiting Scholar at Seoul National University Law School and before that served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  “Every day brings me a greater appreciation of how best to advance international criminal practice and procedure.”

As an associate legal officer for four judges at the ICTY, Koh helps ensure that the trial is fair, expeditious, and adheres to the tribunal’s rules of procedure and evidence. While working in The Hague, Koh also co-authored a forthcoming article, “The Emerging Enforcement Practice of the International Criminal Court,” which is the first to focus on the actual practice of enforcement at the ICC, with particular emphasis on the enforcement of sentences. He is also currently writing an article about the United States, South Korea, and the benefits of globalization, based on his previous scholarship in Seoul.

“Cornell not only provided me with an excellent legal education, but also ignited my passion for international law,” says Koh, crediting the influence of professors Muna Ndulo, Mitchel Lasser, David Wippman, Stewart Schwab, and Sital Kalantry, who oversaw Koh’s work as a student advocate at the Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic. He also credits his experience at the Paris Summer Institute and his participation on Cornell's international moot court team at the D.M. Harish Competition in Mumbai, India. “I feel grateful to the school for preparing us for a global future.”