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Beth Van Schaack

Beth Van Schaack

Beth Van Schaack

Professor Beth Van Schaack joined the joined the Santa Clara Law faculty after working in private practice with Morrison & Forester LLP, where she practiced in the area of commercial law, international law, and human rights. She was trial counsel for Romagoza v. Garcia, a human rights case that resulted in a plaintiffs' award of $54.6 million, and on the defense team for John Walker Lindh. She also served on the United States delegation to the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda.

Prior to entering private practice, Professor Van Schaack was involved in human rights litigation as the Executive Director and Staff Attorney of The Center for Justice & Accountability, a non-profit law firm in San Francisco dedicated to the representation of victims of torture and other grave human rights abuses. Professor Van Schaack also clerked with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia from 1997-98.

During the 2009-2010 academic year Professor Van Schaack was a visiting Scholar with the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. In addition to teaching a number of courses on international and humanitarian law at Santa Clara Law, Professor Van Schaack remains a legal advisor for The Documentation Center of Cambodia, a position she has held since 1995.