For twenty years, journalist and author Thierry Cruvellier has been covering war crimes trials before international tribunals for Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Cambodia, as well as national justice efforts in Colombia and the Balkans. More recently he has covered the trial of Hissène Habré before the Extraordinary African Chambers, in Senegal. He covered the war in Sierra Leone between 1990 and 1996 and was Reporters Without Borders representative in the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Uganda) in 1994-1995. Former editor of the online newsletter International Justice Tribune, Cruvellier was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2003-4 and holds a Masters in Journalism from Sorbonne University, Paris. He has been a consultant for several non-governmental organizations, including the International Crisis Group and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He has led training programs for journalists on transitional justice in Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Haiti, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Turkey.
Cruvellier is an Op-ed contributor with The New York Times and the author of Court of Remorse-Inside the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Wisconsin University Press, 2010) and The Master of Confessions-The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2014). His new book on Sierra Leone will be published in 2017. Since 2016, he is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Cruvellier, Thierry, “The Khmer Rouge’s Perfect Villian”, The New York Times Opinion Pages (2012).
- Cruvellier, Thierry, “For Hissene Habre, a Trial by Refusal”, The New York Times Opinion Pages (2015).
- Cruvellier, Thierry, “The Landmark Trial of Hissene Habre”, The New York Times Opinion Pages (2016).
- Cruvellier, Thierry, “The Court of Remorse: Inside the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda”, The University of Wisconsin Press (2010).
- Cruvellier, Thierry, “The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer”, Harper Collins (2014).