Olivia Swaak-Goldman, a dual national of the USA and the Netherlands, has held the position of International Cooperation Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court since 2006. In this regard she is responsible for the external relations activities of the Office, including liaising with States, the Assembly of States Parties, Non-Governmental Organizations, academics and other stakeholders. She also contributes to the formulation of the Office's policies, including its Prosecutorial Strategy for 2006-2009 and 2009-2012. She also advises the Office on issues of International Humanitarian Law and is the focal point for issues related to child soldiers.
Before joining the Office of the Prosecutor Ms Swaak-Goldman was Senior Legal Counsel in the International Law Division of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity she was responsible for issues of International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law and secondarily issues related to terrorism. While at the MFA Ms Swaak-Goldman advised on numerous issues related to the applicability of the laws of war and the Netherlands' relationship to various Courts and tribunals, including the ICTY, the ICTR, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the ICC, including the implementing legislation for the ICC. She also represented the Netherlands in various capacities, including the Council Of Europe working group on guidelines for victims of terrorist acts and in the negotiation of the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.
Before joining the MFA Ms Swaak-Goldman was Legal Assistant to the US judges at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal where she assisted the judges on issues of international arbitration. Prior to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal Ms Swaak-Goldman was a researcher at Leiden University on issues of international and European law. From 1995-1997 Ms Swaak-Goldman was Legal Assistant to the judges at the ICTY where she worked on the early jurisprudence of the tribunal, including the decision in Prosecutor v. Tadic.
Ms Swaak-Goldman studied political science at Trinity College in Hartford, CT; law at Washington College of Law, American University, in Washington, DC; and earned an LL.M from the University of Amsterdam. She has written extensively on areas of international humanitarian law and international criminal law, including editing a series of books on procedural and substantive aspects of international criminal law. Ms. Swaak-Goldman is married and has three sons."