Lexington, VA • Friday, September 05, 2008
The Washington and Lee University School of Law Transnational Law Institute presents Ambassador David Scheffer, who will discuss "The Future of America and the International Criminal Court" Monday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room in Sydney Lewis Hall.
Scheffer has extensive experience in International Criminal Law. He is currently the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law. He was U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from 1997 to 2001. He was also senior adviser and counsel to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Madeleine Albright, and served during that period on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council. Scheffer has degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Georgetown Universities.
According to W&L Law professor Mark Drumbl, Director of the Transnational Institute, Scheffer's talk comes at a relevant time. "He's both a diplomat and an academic," said Drumbl, who has known Scheffer for years. "It's timely with a new administration in November to think of how the relationship between the U.S. and international institutions will develop and change."
Sarah Mielke is a student in Professor Drumbl's Transnational Law class and is also co-president of the W&L International Law Society. She has attended several of the previous speakers brought in by the Institute and said there is much Scheffer can teach his audience.
"The International Criminal Law field is just beginning to take shape, and Ambassador Scheffer has worked at the forefront of that development," she said. "He has a unique understanding of how the U.S. fits into the international legal scene and what the future of that relationship will look like."
"I hope Scheffer's words will remind students that law is more than black letter and blue booking," Mielke added.
The Institute has brought in a handful of high profile speakers since its formation in May of 2006. Scheffer will be the first of four guest scholars to visit campus during the 2008-2009 academic year. Mielke said that the subject matter isn't just interesting to law students. "It brings in undergrads, VMI cadets, Lexington locals and more," she said.
Following his talk at 10:30, Scheffer will meet with students at 2 p.m. for an hour-long session to discuss career opportunities in Transnational Law.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity for students to meet people at the top of the legal field and see what kind of opportunities are out there and how to attain them," Mielke said. "Get there early or you'll be lucky to get a spot sitting on the Moot Court Room steps."
-- Colleen Evans