Profile of Invited Expert “Scheffer”

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Ambassador David Scheffer
Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

David Scheffer is the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. He teaches international human rights law, international criminal law, and corporate social responsibility, and is managing co-editor of the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor. Scheffer received the Dean’s Teaching Award for 2007-2008. He previously held visiting professorships at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School.

Scheffer was U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues from 1997 to 2001 and led the U.S. delegation in U.N. talks establishing the International Criminal Court. He negotiated and coordinated U.S. support for the establishment and operation of International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Scheffer headed the Clinton Administration’s Atrocities Prevention Inter-Agency Working Group (1999-2001). From 1993-1996, he was senior adviser and counsel to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and served on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council.

Scheffer graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude, Government/Economics), Oxford University (Knox Fellow, Honour School of Jurisprudence), and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., International and Comparative Law). He is a member of the New York, Washington, D.C., and Supreme Court bars. He received the ABA-CEELI Max Kampelman Award (1999) and Honorable Mention for the National Institute of Military Justice’s 2009 Kevin J. Barry Award for Excellence in Military Legal Studies.

Selected Citations to Published Materials
  • David Scheffer, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals (Princeton University Press, 2012).
  • David Scheffer, The International Criminal Court, in Routledge Handbook of International Criminal Law (William Schabas & Nadia Bernaz, Eds.) 67 (Routlege, 2011).
  • David Scheffer, Crimes Against Humanity and the Responsibility to Protect in Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity (Leila Sadat, ed.) 305 (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • David Scheffer & Caroline Kaeb, The Five Levels of CSR Compliance: The Resiliency of Corporate Liability under the Alien Tort Statute and the Case for a Counterattack Strategy in Compliance Theory, 29 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 334 (2011), available online.
  • David Scheffer, The Complex Crime of Aggression Under the Rome Statute, 23 Leiden J. Int’l L. 897 (2010).


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