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David Stoelting papers, 1994-2012

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Abstract

The David Stoelting papers focus on events leading to the adoption of the 1998 Rome Statute creating the International Criminal Court ("ICC") and the early years of the ICC's operation. It also includes materials related to task forces and committees of lawyers examining the post-9/11 war on terror, military commissions, and the issue of solitary confinement and international human rights. Three boxes relate to Stoelting's research on Africa and the ad hoc tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

At a Glance

Bib ID 14414195 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Stoelting, David
Title David Stoelting papers, 1994-2012
Physical Description 39.2 Linear Feet (10 document boxes and 28 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
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Scope and Contents

The Stoelting papers contain documentation on the development and early operation of the ICC, but also includes materials on ad hoc international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and documentation of Stoelting's work with a number of American Bar Association and New York City Bar Association committees and task forces focused on the ICC and the post-9/11 war on terror. The International Criminal Court has been a central structure in the implementation and application of international human rights law and international criminal justice. Founded through the adoption of the 1998 Rome Statute, which entered into force in 2002, the ICC has jurisdiction over the investigation and prosecution of individuals for international crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, and crimes of aggression. Stoelting's papers provide unique documentation of the processes surrounding the founding and operation of the ICC, especially the advocacy roles of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. Stoelting was also centrally involved in the creation and early years of the International Criminal Bar, an organization created to train and support defense counsel and the rights of defendants before the ICC.

International non-governmental human rights organizations (including those whose records RBML holds, i.e. Human Rights Watch and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) were directly involved in the establishment of the ICC, which was seen as an important structural element of the modern human rights movement, especially in the wakes of the genocides in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda. This collection documents the networks and collaboration across the human rights movement in the establishment of the ICC. Part of that advocacy concerned the position of the United States, which signed the Rome Treaty in 2000 but never ratified it and has offered varying levels of criticism and support over the years to the prosecutorial work of the ICC.

Stoelting's collection also includes boxes of materials related to task forces and committees of lawyers examining the post 9/11 war on terror, military commissions, and the issue of solitary confinement and international human rights. Three boxes related to Stoelting's research on Africa and on ad hoc tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and in Rwanda are also included.

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Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); David Stoelting papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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History / Biographical Note

Content Description

David Stoelting (b. 1958) is a trial lawyer based in New York City. For several decades, Stoelting was involved in various capacities with the creation of the ICC and with efforts to create support for the ICC in the United States. Since the 1980s, Stoelting has also written and lectured on topics including terrorism, military tribunals, international criminal justice and human rights, solitary confinement and African politics.

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International Criminal Court



Box 1-8.1 Documents gathered by Stoelting in his capacity as a representative of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA), 1994 through 2004

Stoelting attended numerous meetings at the United Nations in New York and at The Hague regarding the negotiations over the ICC, including the Preparatory Committee on the ICC (1995-1998), the Rome Diplomatic Conference on the ICC (July 1998), and the Preparatory Committee on the ICC (1998-2002). At these meetings, Stoelting gathered the official UN and ICC documents and reports, as well as reports from the many NGOs involved with the creation of the ICC and international justice issues (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty Int'l, Coalition for the ICC, etc.).

Stoelting also drafted reports and recommendations on the ICC for the ABA and the NYCBA, and there are drafts of these reports as well as emails and faxes with comments. During these years Stoelting took part in the internal deliberations within the ABA and the ABCNY as those organizations debated positions on the ICC.

Stoelting was also a frequent speaker and author on ICC and international justice issues. Book: The Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Documentary History, compiled by M. Cherif Bassiouni.

International Criminal Court Official Documents



Box 9-10.1 Official UN and ICC documents relating to the creation and early years of operation of the ICC, 1994-2009

International Criminal Bar



Box 11 & 11.1 Documents the creation and work of the ICB, mid-1990s to about 2006

Stoelting was involved as Vice President and other leadership positions with the International Criminal Bar (ICB), a global organization of lawyers intended to advance the interests of defense counsel and defendants at the ICC and other international criminal tribunals.

The ICB drafted a proposed Rules of Evidence and Procedure for the ICC, and also conducted trainings.

Terrorism



Box 12-13.1 Research and writings on legal aspects of the war on terror and military tribunals

After 9/11, Stoelting became involved via the ABA and the NYCBA with several committees and a special task force examining the war on terror and military commissions.

African Politics and Economy



Box 14 –16.1 Cameroon, Djibouti, and Rwanda

Documents collected during a Summer 1983 Fulbright- funded trip to Cameroon, West Africa, including studies and reports on agriculture and the economy of Cameroon. Additional documents were gathered in Djibouti, East Africa, during a State Department internship in Summer 1988, including unclassified cables and materials on Djibouti.

Research on politics and language policy in Cameroon and Somalia conducted during graduate studies in 1982-1984.

Documents collected by Stoelting in the 1990s and early 2000s on the ad hoc Rwanda and Yugoslavia international criminal tribunals.

Books obtained by Stoelting in Africa in the 1980s: A History of the Western Grassfields by Paul Nkwi (1982); ABBIA (1983 Cameroon cultural review); Know Your Country, Know Cameroon (1982); Cameroon Today by Anne Debel (1981); University of Yaounde Yearbook (1982); Tourism in Cameroon; Republique de Djibouti.

Solitary Confinement



Box 17 Documents gathered during the writing of the NYCBA report on solitary confinement and international human rights, 2009-2012

Stoelting Articles and Speaking Engagements



Box 18A-18B.1 Copies and drafts of articles

Announcements and publicity regarding speaking engagements and panels by Stoelting, and a copy of his 1984 M.A. Thesis ("The Political Context of Language Policies in Cameroon and Somalia")

International Law and Human Rights Research Materials



Box 19 & 19.1 Research materials

Research materials from the 80s and 90s on various international law and human rights topics, including the press packet from the 1981Ottawa Summit attended by President Reagan.