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Attorney Dermot M. Groome International Criminal Law

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Dermot M. Groome graduated law school at the Boston College Law School and was admitted to the New York Jurisdiction to practice in 1987. After law school attorney Dermot M. Groome began his experience as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office he worked there for six years. His experience also includes mentoring interns at the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University. He also mentors law students in The Hague. The Hague is basically the seat of government where several European countries are represented. He believes that a career in international criminal law is something that happened because he did not set boundaries on his career. Instead, he followed his interests and this article takes a look at where those interests led Dermot M. Groome in international criminal law.

Dermot M. Groome said he would never have imagined that after graduation from the Boston College Law School he would someday be prosecuting heads of state for human rights abuse in international criminal law cases. Indeed, that is what Attorney Groome did. From 2000 till 2005 he worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the United Nations. He was best known for his work as a senior trial attorney who was responsible for the Bosnian indictment against Slobodan Milosevic. Milosevic was a Serb leader who ICTY charged with many international criminal law crimes against humanity during wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.

One of the more famous trials for Attorney Groome was Popovic et al. Popovic was an assistant commander of security on the staff of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS). Popovic and six associates were charged by the ICTY with genocide initiating intent to destroy Bosnian Muslims. The conviction came about through many strategies but the best evidence was delivered through tracing DNA. His case proved there was one primary grave site after the genocide and body parts were later moved to smaller graves to cover up the atrocities.

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