International Criminal Law

John L. Fossum is admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He is a member of the International Criminal Bar/Barreau Penal International, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Association of Defense Counsel Practicing before the ICTY. He graduated from William Mitchell College of Law and Macalester College and studied international law at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has been board certified as a criminal law specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and has been named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers.

Taloqan meeting

John L. Fossum (fourth from left) meeting with a UN Official, and Afghan judges and prosecutors in Taloqan, Afghanistan, February, 2008.

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What application does International Criminal Law have in Minnesota?

Victims of War Crimes have a right to seek representation at the International Criminal Court and to recover reparations including financial support, psychological and medical rehabilitation and ultimately compensation. They also have a right to counsel at court expense.

Who is eligibleCertified Criminal Law Specialist John L. Fossum?

Victims of war crimes from countries that have open cases before the International Criminal Court, at the moment, that is Darfur, Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. The court is currently reviewing the post-election violence in Kenya to determine if an investigation is appropriate.

Would the Victims have to testify against the war criminals?

Victims have to establish their identity and entitlement to reparations, they may participate anonymously in the proceedings but may not be forced to testify. The court also has protective measures available to prevent the accused or their supporters from taking action against the victims or witnesses.

What Services does Fossum Law Office, provide to the Victims of War Crimes?

Fossum Law Office, LLC will help eligible victims fill out the necessary forms, prove their identity and eligibility for reparations and seek the services, compensation and reparations the court finds the victims eligible to receive.

Is there a fee charged to the Victims?

No. Fossum Law Office, LLC will seek its compensation under the court appointment system and be reimbursed for its time and expenses solely by the court. Fossum Law Office, LLC will seek or accept compensation from any portion of the funds available to or owing to the victims represented. Any benefits received will be the property of the victims alone.

Get more details on the Reparations Center for Victims of War Crimes Blog

Fossum Law Office has offices in Northfield and meeting space in  Bloomington, Minnesota.  Please contact by email, info at or phone,  +1 952-232-5865, in the Twin Cities, of +31 (0) 709 891 0689 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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