Lennox S. Hinds retired in January 2017 as Professor Emeritus in the Program in Criminal Justice; Hinds is additionally a world-renowned criminal defense and international human rights lawyer. His expertise and services have been widely sought and his clients have included Nelson Mandela, whom he has represented in the United States, and, separately, the South African government. In addition, Hinds lectures extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America, and has published and taught about crimes against humanity under the international law for more than two decades. He is the permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, an organization that he served as vice president. Most recently, Hinds was appointed by the UN as lead counsel to represent defendants accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.
Hinds is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, ICTR, the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Permanent International Criminal Court in The Hague, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In private practice, Hinds is a senior partner in the firm of Stevens, Hinds, and White, PC, which has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Paris. Prior to joining the firm, he served for many years as National Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers of the United States and Canada.
A graduate of Rutgers Law School, which he attended after earning his bachelor’s degree from City College in 1962, he was awarded the law school’s J. Skelly Wright Award for contributions to civil rights. Hinds was awarded a Untied States patent for x-ray spectrochemical analysis in 1969. He was a Charles H. Revson Fellow at CCNY’s Center for Legal Education and Urban Policy in 1979-1980.