January 18, 2013

UN official will discuss her career Jan. 28

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Judge Kimberly Prost, the United Nations Ombudsperson for al Qaida and Terrorist Sanctions Committee, will discuss her career during a visit to the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Prost will speak in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Courtroom at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28.  A one-time federal prosecutor for the Canadian Department of Justice for nearly 20 years, Prost’s positions with the U.N. include serving as Chief, Legal Advisory Section with the Division of Treaty Affairs within the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.  She also served as a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. 

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover Judge Kimberly Prost’s discussion, and she will also be available for interviews prior to noon, Monday, Jan. 28.  For more information on the event, contact Alicia Ruiz, the law school’s director of communication and outreach, at 618/453-8700.  Prost is also the keynote speaker at the Southern Illinois chapter of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A., at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 27.  That event is at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane, Carbondale.

Cindy Galway Buys, a professor and director of the law school’s international law program, said she anticipates Prost will discuss her work on the UN Security Council al Qaida sanctions committee along with her former role as judge with the international criminal tribunal.

“She has been very involved for many years in international criminal law matters,” Buys said.  “I’m very excited that our students can benefit from her expertise.”

Prost’s presentation is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

In her current post, Prost hears complaints by individuals and legitimate charity organizations who believe they are being unfairly barred from doing business due to a suspected link to terrorists and terrorist organizations, Buys said.  Prost then determines if there has been a mistake. 

Prost has held several positions while with the U.N., including her four-year term as an ad litem judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from July 2006 to June 2010.