Thursday, March 1, 2012

Go On! Scheffer on Missing Souls at Georgia Law

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

Pleased to announce that our colleague David Scheffer will be speaking at my home institution, the University of Georgia School of Law, at 2:30 p.m. next Tuesday, March 6. His talk's entitled "The End of Impunity: War Crimes Tribunals in the 21st Century."
The source material for the talk, of course, will be Scheffer's own experience: after serving as an aide to then-U.S. U.N. Madeleine Albright during the 1st Clinton Administration, in the 2d, when Albright became Secretary of State, Scheffer was appointed the 1st U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. In that capacity he helped to establish tribunals aimed at bringing accountability in the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone. He also served as chief U.S. negotiator at the founding of the International Criminal Court.
Scheffer recounts these experiences in his book All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, which Princeton University Press published last December. I finished the book a couple weeks ago, and will be posting a fuller review soon. For now, rest assured that it's a must-read for anyone interested in foreign policy and international criminal law.
Busy as he is with his current posts – as Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University (see yesterday's post on the upcoming conference he's organized), and as the U.N. Special Expert on Cambodia accountability – we're honored that Scheffer will be paying us a visit next week.

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