Eric Witte is the senior project manager on national trials of grave crimes for the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Witte served as external relations adviser to the president of the International Criminal Court. Before that, he served as political adviser to the prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he developed strategies for bringing then-fugitive former Liberian president Charles Taylor into the court’s custody. He also worked at the Coalition for International Justice in Washington, D.C., on the political strategy leading to the arrest of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and his transfer to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Having published widely on international justice, Witte has authored two Justice Initiative publications, Putting Complementarity into Practice: Domestic Justice for International Crimes in DRC, Uganda, and Kenya, and International Crimes: Local Justice, a handbook for rule of law programmers on domestic justice for grave crimes.
Witte has an MA in political science from the Universität Regensburg, Germany.