Profile of Invited Expert “Buchwald”

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Todd F. Buchwald
Former Ambassador, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State

Todd F. Buchwald served as Special Coordinator for the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice from 2015–2017, where he was conferred the rank of Ambassador by President Obama. Prior to assuming this position, he served as a career lawyer in the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, including as the head of the office for Political-Military Affairs during the Clinton and Bush Administrations, and of the office for United Nations Affairs during the Bush and Obama Administrations. During his time at the State Department, Mr. Buchwald was the recipient of numerous Presidential Rank Awards, Superior Honor Awards, and State Department performance awards, as well as recipient of the Justice Tom C. Clark Award (outstanding attorney in the federal government).

After leaving the State Department, Mr. Buchwald was appointed as the inaugural Tom A. Bernstein Genocide Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, served as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and was co-chair of the Task Force of the American Society of International Law that produced the recent report on Policy Options for U.S. Engagement with the International Criminal Court.

He has taught at the George Washington University School of Law, the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University, with courses in International Law, International Criminal Law, and International Organizations. In addition to the recent report on the ICC, Mr. Buchwald has published a variety of scholarly articles, including on the legality of use of force in Iraq, United States security assistance programs, U.S. practice and policy in making genocide determinations, and the crime of aggression. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Yale Law School.


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