Dear students and colleagues,
Mr. David John Scheffer, prominent lawyer and diplomat, will deliver a lecture on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina premises in Sarajevo.
Mr Scheffer is an American lawyer and diplomat who served as the first United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, during President Bill Clinton's second term in office. He currently teaches at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he directs the Center for International Human Rights. Mr. Scheffer participated in the creation of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Khmer Rouge tribunal. He also led the U.S. negotiating team in United Nations talks on the International Criminal Court. Though Scheffer signed the Rome Statute that established the ICC on behalf of the U.S. in 2000, he was a highly vocal critic of many aspects of the court and the negotiation process. He particularly opposed the prohibition on any party making reservations to the Rome Statute and the manner in which the Statute structured the court's jurisdiction. Clinton's successor, George W. Bush, later withdrew the signature of the U.S. In December 2011, Scheffer published a memoir and history, "All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals" about the rise of international tribunals in the 1990s. On January 18, 2012, Scheffer was appointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the U.N. Special Expert to advise on the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.
Our students had an extraordinary opportunity to hear about the warcrime tribunals, about the negotiation processes and may seek for the answers that are usually not found in books.