CHICAGO --- David J. Scheffer, director of the Center for International Human Rights at the Northwestern University School of Law, has been appointed the Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law.
From 1997 to 2001, Scheffer served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues. He led the U.S. delegation in United Nations talks establishing the International Criminal Court.
During his ambassadorship, Scheffer was responsible for negotiating and coordinating U.S. support for establishing and operating international and hybrid criminal tribunals and U.S. responses to atrocities globally. He also headed the Atrocities Prevention Inter-Agency Working Group.
During the first term of the Clinton Administration, Scheffer served as senior adviser and counsel to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright, and, from 1993 through 1996, served on the deputies committee of the National Security Council.
He recently has held visiting professorships in law at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Northwestern University School of Law. He will teach international criminal law and international human rights law this year.
Scheffer has published extensively on international legal and political issues in books, law reviews, journals and newspapers. He also has appeared regularly in the national and international media and is a CNN legal analyst.
Chairman of the board of directors of the International Law Students Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Scheffer is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars. Earlier in his career, from 1979 to 1986, he was an associate attorney with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers.