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Inaugural Handa Center Lecture on International Justice

Ambassador David Scheffer

“What Has Been ‘Extraordinary’ About
International Justice in Cambodia?”

January 14, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. •  Levinthal Hall, Humanities Center

Ambassador David Scheffer, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Expert on UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials since January 2012, will review the jurisprudence and operation of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) where surviving senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and those most responsible for the atrocity crimes of the Pol Pot regime (1975-79) are being prosecuted. Scheffer is a professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Director of its Center for International Human Rights.  He was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and has been closely involved in every stage of the creation and operation of the ECCC.

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David Scheffer is the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law.  He was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and led the U.S. delegation in UN talks establishing the International Criminal Court. During the first term of the Clinton administration, he served as senior advisor and counsel to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and served from 1993 through 1996 on the National Security Council’s deputies committee. Ambassador Scheffer book, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton University Press, 2012), received the 2012 Book of the Year Award from the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law and was one of the Washington Post’s "Best of 2012: 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction."  He was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top Global Thinkers of 2011” and he won the Berlin Prize in 2013. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Center.