David Tolbert

George Soros Visiting Chair
Distinguished Visiting Professor

David Tolbert is Ford Foundation Fellow and Visiting Scholar, at Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, and a consultant for the Kofi Annan Foundation, on peace and justice issues.

From 2010 to 2018, he served as President at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). Previously, Tolbert was the Registrar (UN Assistant Secretary-General), Special Tribunal for Lebanon; UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Expert to the UN Secretary-General on the Khmer Rouge Trials; Deputy Prosecutor, Deputy Registrar, Chef de Cabinet to the President, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Executive Director, ABA-CEELI; Chief, General Legal Division, UNRWA.

He is the author of over forty (40) scholarly articles and numerous op-eds and other writings on international criminal justice, transitional justice and rule of law issues.

Academic Degrees

LL.M with distinction, International Law, University of Nottingham
J.D., Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., magna cum laude, History, Furman University