Profile of Member “O'Connell”

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Jamie O'Connell
Lecturer in Residence
Stanford Law School

Jamie O’Connell is a Lecturer in Residence at Stanford Law School. He teaches and writes on political and legal development, with particular expertise in transitional justice, democratization, business and human rights, law and development, and the law and politics of Turkey and South Africa. His most recent scholarship examines communication in transitional justice, the effectiveness of the International Criminal Court and regional human rights institutions in preventing atrocities, and populism in Turkey. Until 2018, he was Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Residence at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. O’Connell has worked on human rights and development in over a dozen countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe, under the auspices of the United Nations, local and international non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions. He directed the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Sierra Leone and taught as a visitor at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. O’Connell clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is admitted to practice in California (inactive) and New York. In 2016-17, he was a visiting professor and Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Valencia (Spain) Faculty of Law.

Selected Citations to Published Materials
  • Jamie O’Connell, Transitional Justice As Communication: Why Truth Commissions and International Criminal Tribunals Need to Persuade and Inform Citizens and Leaders, and How They Can, 73 S.C. L. Rev. 101 (Jan. 1, 2021), available online.
  • James L. Cavallaro & Jamie O’Connell, When Prosecution is Not Enough: How the International Criminal Court Can Prevent Atrocity and Advance Accountability by Emulating Regional Human Rights Institutions, 45 Yale J. Int’l L. 1 (Mar. 6, 2020), available online, archived.
  • Jamie O’Connell, Representation, Paternalism, and Exclusion: The Divergent Impacts of the AKP’s Populism on Human Rights in Turkey, in Human Rights in a Time of Populism: Challenges and Responses 100 (Gerald L. Neuman ed., Apr. 1, 2020), available online.
  • Anthony Ewing, Jamie O’Connell & Nina Gardner, Human Rights and the COVID-19 Pandemic, in Teaching BHR Handbook (Teaching BHR Forum, 2020), available online.
  • Jamie O’Connell, Gambling with the Psyche: Does Prosecuting Human Rights Violators Console Their Victims?, 46 Harv. Int’l L.J. 295 (2005), available online.


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