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Amb. David J. Scheffer

Amb. David J. Scheffer

Amb. David J. Scheffer

Ambassador David Scheffer is currently the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law at Northwestern University Law School and is the Director of the Center for International Human Rights.

Graduating with a BA from the Honour School of Jurisprudence, Oxford University and an LLM with a concentration in International Human Rights from Georgetown University, Ambassador Scheffer has had a distinguished career in the field of international criminal law.

Prior to teaching at Northwestern Law, Amb. Scheffer served as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes issues and subsequently as the Senior Advisor and Counsel to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. As Ambassador, he participated in the creation of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Extraordinary Chambers in Cambodia

Prior to these appointments Amb. Scheffer worked at the international law firm Couder Brothers, went on to work as a fellow for multiple foreign affairs think tanks and eventually served as a senior consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs. Amb. Scheffer has also written numerous scholarly articles regarding international law and human rights.