David Schwendiman

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Before retiring in 2014, David Schwendiman served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice for over twenty-five years.  While on leave from the Department from 2006 through 2009, he was an international prosecutor in the Special Department for War Crimes of the State Prosecutor’s Office in Bosnia and Herzagovina.  From 2007 through 2009 he served as the Deputy Chief Prosecutor and Head of the Special Department for War Crimes in Sarajevo. He was the Justice Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2010 through 2013.  He spent 2014 in Kabul as the Assistant Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and Director of Forward Operations for SIGAR.  He left Kabul in 2015 to become the Lead Prosecutor of the EU Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) overseeing the investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was the Chief Prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague from 2016 to 2018. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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