David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Located in the basement of the White House, the Situation Room, has been the scene of some of modern history’s most fraught moments. For years it has served as a secure communications center with global reach, where policymakers analyze highly classified intelligence while debating and guiding America’s national and foreign strategy. In the early 1990s, the “Sit Room” housed opposing views among diplomats, military and intelligence officers, and White House staff on how to end the Bosnian War, the deadliest conflict in Europe since WWII. Join the Council for a behind-the-scenes account into the complexities and challenges of global policy-making in the White House’s most guarded decision-making space.
Copies of David Scheffer’s latest book, The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace, will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.
David Scheffer is the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman professor of Law and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He was the US ambassador at large for war crimes issues (1997-2001) and the UN secretary-general’s special expert for United Nations assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (2012-2018). He led the US delegation to the UN talks establishing the International Criminal Court during the 1990s. Scheffer authored the award-winning book All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals (2012), and is the author of The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace (2019). He received the Berlin Prize in 2013, was named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top Global Thinkers” in 2011, and received the “Champion of Justice” award from the Center for Justice and Accountability in 2018.