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International Law

2014 Global Law Distinguished Visitor

Date: 5:30pm PST January 21, 2014 Location: Legal Research Center

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David Scheffer was the first US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001), playing a central role in advancing US efforts to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocities, as well as in negotiating the creation of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the  Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and the International Criminal Court (where he led the US delegation in UN talks).

With degrees from Harvard College, Oxford University and Georgetown University Law Center, Scheffer taught at George Washington University Law School, Duke University School of Law and Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs before his appointment at Northwestern University School of Law. His extensive publications cover international law, human rights and politics. His recent book, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, received the Book of the Year Award by the American National Section of L’Association Internationale de Droit Penal.

A leading scholar and practitioner in the interface between human rights and international criminal law, Scheffer is currently the UN Secretary-General’s Special Expert on the Khmer Rouge Trials.

Reception to follow.

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