Eric Stover

Director, Human Rights Center,
University of California at Berkeley

Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. In the nineties, he participated on several forensic investigations as an “Expert on Mission” to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. His research on the medical and social consequences of land mines helped launch the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, which received the Nobel Prize in 1997. In 1991, he led a team of forensic scientists to investigate mass killings following Saddam Hussein’s Anfal campaign against the Kurds. In 2003, he returned to Iraq to monitor compliance with the 1949 Geneva Conventions on behalf of Human Rights Watch. Stover and a UC-Berkeley colleague are presently conducting a study of former Guantánamo detainees. His books include The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promise of Justice in The Hague; My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity; The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar; Witnesses from the Grave: The Stories Bones Tell; The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions; and A Village Destroyed: May 14, 1999—War Crimes in Kosovo.