The Arab Spring and the Future of U.S. Diplomacy: A Symposium in Memory of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens ‘89
November 8, 2013
Alumni Reception Center
200 McAllister Street, 2nd Floor
8:30-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:15 Welcoming Remarks, Frank H. Wu, Chancellor and Dean, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
9:15-10:30 Responsibility to Protect
Professor Beth Van Schaack is a Fellow at the Center for International Security & Cooperation at Stanford University. She is formerly the Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. Department of State. Prior to her State Department appointment, she was Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she taught and wrote in the areas of human rights, transitional justice, international criminal law, public international law, international humanitarian law, and civil procedure. She has been a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Council on International Law and served on the United States interagency delegation to the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda in 2010.
Professor Catherine Powell is Associate Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law, where she teaches international law, constitutional law, comparative law, and human rights. Her most recent article is Libya: A Multilateral Constitutional Moment?, 106 American Journal of International Law 298 (2012). Professor Powell previously served as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and as Director for Human Rights on the White House National Security Staff. She was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Professor Jane Stromseth is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently on leave, serving as Deputy to the Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice at the U.S. Department of State. She has previously served in government as Senior Advisor on Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council, and as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. Among other works, she is the co-author of Can Might Make Rights? Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions (2006), and author of Can International Criminal Courts Strengthen Domestic Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies?, 1 Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 87 (2009).
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Constitutional Transitions
Professor Asli Bâli is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Her recent work includes The Perils of Judicial Independence: Constitutional Transition and the Turkish Example, 52 Virginia Journal of International Law 235 (2012); Courts and Constitutional Transitions: Lessons from the Turkish case, 11 ICON 1 (2013) and she is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume on constitutional transitions in religiously-divided societies, Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014). She previously served in the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and in the legal department for the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa division.
Professor Sujit Choudhry is Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions at the NYU School of Law. Professor Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, has been a consultant to the World Bank Institute at the World Bank, and has worked as a foreign constitutional expert in support of constitutional transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He has published over seventy articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. His edited collections include Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation (Oxford, 2008) and The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006). He sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.
Professor Clark Lombardi is Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law and Adjunct Professor at the Jackson School of International Studies. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Islamic law, comparative constitutional law and human rights, including Religion and Human Security (2012). He currently serves as Oxford University Press’s Series Editor for the series Oxford Islamic Legal Studies and senior editor of the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
12:00-1:00 Lunch Served
1:00-2:15 The Future of U.S. Diplomacy
Ambassador James Jeffrey has held a series of highly sensitive posts in Washington, D.C., and abroad. In addition to his service in Ankara and Baghdad, he served as assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the George W. Bush administration, with a special focus on Iran. Previously, at the State Department, he served as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, where his responsibilities included leading the Iran policy team and coordinating public diplomacy. Earlier appointments included service as senior advisor on Iraq to the secretary of state; chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Baghdad; deputy chief of mission in Ankara; and ambassador in Albania.
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann began to specialize in the Middle East in 1973 when he served in Tabriz, Iran. He spent 22 of 37 years in the Foreign Service working in or on issues of the Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf, including service in the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Iraq, Director of the Iran Iraq office (Director of Northern Gulf Affairs), Ambassador to Bahrain (2001-04) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the region He was Ambassador to Algeria (1994-97) and to Afghanistan (2004-07) and is the author of The Other War, Winning and Losing in Afghanistan.
2:30-3:15 Keynote Address
Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. was appointed as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry on September 30, 2013 after a three-year term as the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from November 2005 – November 2009. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003 to 2005. From 2002 to 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, where he was Director of Andean Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was also U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) from 2000 to 2001. Ambassador Shannon graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary in 1980, having studied government and philosophy. He then studied at Oxford University, where he received a M.Phil in Politics in 1982, and a D.Phil. in Politics in 1983.
3:15 Closing Remarks, Professor William S. Dodge
UC Hastings Sky Room
100 McAllister Street, 24th Floor
3:30-4:00 A Remembrance of Ambassador Stevens