3/21/2013
 
First War Crimes Ambassador to Discuss "The Past, Present and Future of International Justice: The Role of the International Criminal Court"
 
HOUSTON, TX (March 21, 2013) – The rise of modern international justice from Nuremberg to the present will be the focus of a special public presentation at Holocaust Museum Houston this April by the nation’s first ambassador-at-large for war crimes.
 David John Scheffer
 Ambassador David John Scheffer


Ambassador David John Scheffer is an American lawyer and diplomat who served as the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues during President Bill Clinton's second term in office. Scheffer will discuss the rise of modern international justice to the present and beyond, drawing from his recent award-winning book "All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals," which recounts his own experiences during the 1990s in the creation of five major war crimes tribunals.

Scheffer’s presentation is scheduled for Monday, April 15, 2013, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater in the Morgan Family Center at 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. Tickets are $5 for Museum members and $8 for nonmembers. Seniors and students may pay $4 at the door. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

Scheffer currently teaches at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he directs the Center for International Human Rights. Scheffer received bachelor’s degrees from Harvard and Oxford University and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

He began his legal career at the international law firm Coudert Brothers, working for a time in their Singapore office. He also served as counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. During Clinton's first term, he was initially the senior advisor to Madeleine Albright, who then served as ambassador to the United Nations. Scheffer then sat on the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council from 1993 until 1996, and then became the first ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues. As ambassador, Scheffer 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. 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 his capacity as director of the Center for International Human Rights, Scheffer runs the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor Web site, the primary source for accessing news, information and video of trial proceedings from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

The event is generously underwritten by Elizabeth and Alan Stein, with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.
 
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