Kroc Honors Peace Alum


Xabier Agirre, M.A. ’95, has received the Kroc Institute’s 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award.

As a senior analyst for the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Agirre reviews and analyzes witness statements, videos, photographs, and other evidence documenting human rights violations committed by governments and criminal groups.

While on campus to receive the award, Agirre met with peace studies students and discussed his work in a public lecture: “Make Law, Not War: On the Power of Truth, Law, and Justice.”

The ICC was established in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2002 as a permanent court to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression. The Court has investigated situations in Northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and Darfur.  This month, the court indicted Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on three counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity, and two counts of war crimes.

Previous Kroc Distinguished Alumni Award winners have included:

  • George Wachira, Director, Nairobi Peace Initiative - Africa (M.A. ’91)
  • Hannah Wu, Human Rights Specialist at the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights  in Bangkok, Thailand (M.A. ’89)  
  • Emil Bolongaita, Technical Director, Management Systems International - Australia (M.A. ’88)

Contact: Anne Hayner, (574) 631-5014,