She recently completed a special assignment with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where she was responsible for the establishment of a Sub-Office for the Prosecution of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia. She oversaw all legal issues relating to the special court in the Netherlands.
Following the death of Slobodan Milosevic, Charles Taylor is the only head of state to be brought before an international court to face justice, Rosette points out. "Working with witnesses and victims is my favorite part of the work," she said. "Dealing with real people and helping them find meaning in the trials usually comes with a chance to start thinking about forgiveness and reconciliation. I also had to work with the accused person, so I once again had to appreciate the fundamental principle of presuming him innocent until the prosecutor proves otherwise."
Rosette also is studying for a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law through the Irish Center for Human Rights. She recently returned to her job as Legal Officer with the Rwanda Tribunal Appeals Chamber in The Hague. In 2011, she returned to Notre Dame to accept the Kroc Institute's Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Joan Fallon, March 2011