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Women In International Security Career Series: Careers in International Law

  • 121 Cannon House Office Building (map)


Join WIIS DC in partnership with Pay Our Interns Now at their event Career Series: Careers in International Law. This event is part of the career series and the focus is on the interaction between international law and the global security environment. The panel will be held on August 7th in room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

About the Panelists:

Burrus M. Carnahan is a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of State. He served for 20 years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in the law of war. His service included a tour as Associate Professor of Law at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado where he developed that institution’s first program on the law of war. In 1977 he was named the Outstanding Instructor of the Year in Law. He has participated in several international negotiations on arms control and the laws of war and is the author of two books and numerous articles on those subjects. He has also lectured on air warfare at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at San Remo, Italy. He was the principal researcher on United States legal practice for the International Committee of the Red Cross study on Customary International Humanitarian Law (Cambridge U. Press, 2005), and is a U.S. correspondent for the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, published by the T.M.C. Asser Institute at the Hague, Netherlands.

Dinah L. Shelton joined the law school faculty in 2004. Before her appointment, she was professor of international law and director of the doctoral program in international human rights law at the University of Notre Dame Law School from 1996-2004. She previously taught at Santa Clara University and was a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Davis, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of Paris, and the University of Strasbourg, France. From 1987 to 1989, she was the director of the Office of Staff Attorneys at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Professor Shelton is the author or editor of three prize-winning books: Protecting Human Rights in the Americas(winner of the 1982 Inter-American Bar Association Book Prize and co-authored with Thomas Buergenthal); Remedies in International Human Rights Law (awarded the 2000 Certificate of Merit, American Society of International Law); and the three volume Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity (awarded a “Best Research” book award by the New York Public Library). She also has authored many articles and books on international law, human rights law, and international environmental law. She is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and is a vice-president of the American Society of International Law.

Professor Shelton serves on the boards of many human rights and environmental organizations. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law, and has served as a legal consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, UNITAR, World Health Organization, European Union, Council of Europe, and Organization of American States. In 2009, she became the first woman nominated by the United States to become a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, established by the Organization of American States to promote and protect human rights in the Western Hemisphere. She served a four-year term, during which she went on to become President of the Commission.