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Shahram Dana

Shahram  Dana

Associate Professor
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.386.2854
Email: sdana@jmls.edu

LLM, cum laude, Leiden University
JD, Boston University School of Law
BA, summa cum laude, Arizona State University's Walter
Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Scholarship | SSRN Publications | Presentations

Prior to joining The John Marshall Law School, Professor Shahram Dana worked as a United Nations Associate Legal Officer, as a lecturer at Maastricht University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands, and as a criminal trial lawyer in California. Professor Dana's research focuses on the law and politics of international criminal justice mechanisms in protecting human rights and shaping world order and international law. Professor Dana is a recognized expert, nationally and internationally, for his scholarship on punishment and sentencing by international criminal courts and tribunals. He has published numerous articles on the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Professor Dana's publications have addressed the normative foundations of general principles of criminal law in international law, the sentencing jurisprudence of international tribunals, the crime of genocide, the law of contempt in international criminal courts, and role of an international prosecutor. He is finishing his first book, The Theory, Doctrine, and Practice of Sentencing at International Criminal Courts, and contributed a chapter to The Criminal Law of Genocide: International, Comparative, and Contextual Aspects. Professor Dana has presented his scholarship at forums serving academics and practitioners, including presentations at Yale, UCLA, and NYU. He has been twice selected by his peers in a double blind review process to present his scholarship at the American Society of International Law's (ASIL) Annual Research Forum.

A frequent lecturer at conferences around the globe, Professor Dana was selected by The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise to train judges, prosecutors, and government officials on crimes against humanity, international criminal law, human rights, and the International Criminal Court. In 2013, the International Law Initiative and the African Center for Legal Excellence invited Professor Dana as a key speaker and facilitator in their Advanced Program on International Criminal Law, which provides advanced legal training for lawyers from various African countries. In 2012-2013, at the invitation of the Vietnamese government, Professor Dana lead a delegation of John Marshall law students on a human rights field study to Vietnam. It was the first time the Vietnamese government had invited a US delegation to engage in human rights discourse. Two weeks after this historic visit, the Vietnamese government opened its doors to Amnesty International for the first time since the Vietnam War. Professor Dana was elected by his peers to serve as the co-chair of ASIL's International Criminal Law (ICL) interest group. In that capacity, he initiated the ICL Research and Scholarship Forum. The workshop supports the research and continuing education of ASIL members.

Professor Dana has lived in four different continents, travelled to more than 55 countries, and worked as an attorney in Asia, Europe, and North America. In law school, he received the G. Joseph Tauro Scholar distinction for academic achievement and served on the Boston University International Law Journal. He teaches Criminal Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Public International Law. He has previously taught Criminal Law in Europe, International Cooperation in Criminal Matters, and Foundations of the European Union.

Scholarship

Enabler Responsibility: A New Theory and Framework for Punishing Perpetrators of Atrocity Crimes (forthcoming 2015)

Blood Diamonds and Mass Atrocities: Cutting a New Paradigm from Coarse Jurisprudence, 41 Georgia J. Int’l & Comp. L. __ (2014)

The Limits of Judicial Idealism: Should the International Criminal Court Engage with Consequentialist Aspirations?, 3 Penn. State J. Int'l Affairs 1 (2013)

Law, Justice & Politics: A Reckoning of the International Criminal Court, 43 John Marshall Law Review XXIII (2010)

Beyond Retroactivity to Realizing Justice: A Theory on the Principle of Legality in International Sentencing, 99 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 857 (2009)

"The Law of Contempt before the ICTR" in Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals, Vol. X (A. Klip & G. Sluiter eds.) Intersentia, Oxford (2006)

Revisiting the Blaškić Sentence: Some Reflections on the Sentencing Jurisprudence of the ICTY, 4 INT’L CRIM. L.R. 321 (2004)

SSRN Publications

Presentations

Speaker, Blood Diamonds and Mass Atrocities: Cutting a New Paradigm from Coarse Jurisprudence," American Society of International Law Annual Research Forum, New York University School of Law, (October 2013)

Speaker, "Enabler Responsibility: A Theory on Punishing Perpetrators of Atrocity Crimes," International Law Weekend – Midwest, American Branch of the International Law Association (September 2013)

Speaker, "Current Developments and Advanced Topics in International Criminal Law," (a series of six substantive lectures) International Law Initiative – African Center for Legal Excellence, August 2013

Speaker, "The Legacy of Special Court for Sierra Leone," Criminal Law Panel: The Law and Politics of International Prosecutions, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Annual Meeting (August 2013)

Speaker, "Enabler Responsibility: A Theory on Punishing Perpetrators of Atrocity Crimes," Law and Society Annual Conference, Boston, (May 2013)

Speaker, "The Ethicality of Drone Use during War," John Marshall Faculty Works-in-Progress, (May 1, 2013) (debate with Professor Sam Jones)

Plenary Panelist: Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Plenary Panel: National Security Law, "DOJ White Paper: Beyond Justifying Drones," Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (April 19-21, 2013)

Speaker: Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, "Blood Diamond and Mass Atrocities: Cutting a New Paradigm from Coarse Jurisprudence," Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (April 19-21, 2013)

107th Annual Meeting of American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Luncheon, "The Tension Between Law and Politics: Can the ICC Navigate a Multipolar World?" (April 3-6, 2013)

107th Annual Meeting of American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Luncheon, "Criminalizing the Illegal Use of Force: A Conversation with Former Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz," (April 3-6, 2013)

"Is the United States Drones Practice Consistent with Its International Obligations," The John Marshall Law School (March 18, 2013)

"The Supreme Court and the Future of the Alien Tort Statute," The Federalist Society, The John Marshall Law School (March 6, 2013)

International Criminal Law Scholars Roundtable, "The Limits of Judicial Idealism: Should the ICC Engage with Consequentialist Aspirations?," American Society of International Law (Dec. 14, 2012)

"Kill Lists and Accountability," The Federalist Society, The John Marshall Law School (Oct. 10, 2012)

International Conference Assessing the Contributions and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to African and International Criminal Justice, "The Special Court's Sentencing Legacy: Principled Punishment or Political Favoritism?" University of Pittsburgh Law School (April 19-21, 2012)

Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, "The Limits of Judicial Idealism: The International Criminal Court and Consequentialist Aspirations," Marquette University School of Law (April 12-15, 2012)

"The Impact of Iran's Legal System on Human Rights," DePaul University College of Law (April 10, 2012)

American Society of International Law Annual Conference, International Criminal Law Interest Group Meeting, "Implications of the Lubanga Case: Opportunity for a Clean Slate?" Washington, D.C. (March 28-31, 2012)

American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Scholars Roundtable, "The Perverse Effects of Reconciliation in International Criminal Justice," Chicago, Illinois (Dec. 9, 2011)

American Society of International Law Inaugural Research Forum, "The Perverse Effects of Ideology in International Criminal Justice," University of California Los Angeles (Nov. 4, 2011)

Center for International Law Lecture Series, "Human Rights in Europe," The John Marshall Law School (Sept. 27, 2011)

14th Annual Conference of Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, "Boundaries and Enemies," University of Nevada Las Vegas (March 12, 2011)

Yale Law School Junior International Law Scholars Association, "The Ambiguous Role of Seniority in Sentencing for Atrocity Crimes," Yale Law School (Feb. 25, 2011)

"Nazism and Deadly Medicine," The John Marshall Law School (Nov. 15, 2010)

The American Society of International Law Annual Conference on International Legal Theory, "Reexamining Customary International Law," Washington, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2010)

International Committee of the Red Cross Humanitarian Law Workshop, "When Does IHL Apply?" DePaul University College of Law International Human Rights Law Institute (Oct. 15, 2010)

Central States Law Schools Association Annual Conference, "Beyond Retroactivity to Realizing Justice: A Theory on the Principle of Legality in International Criminal Law Sentencing," University of North Dakota School of Law (Sept. 24 & 25, 2010)

Southeast Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, "The Perverse Effects of Reconciliation Ideology on International Justice," Florida (Aug. 2010)

Law and Society Annual Conference, "Punishing Political and Military Leaders for International Crimes," Chicago, Illinois (May 2010)

Chair/Panelist: The John Marshall Law Review Symposium International Justice in the 21st Century: The Law & Politics of the International Criminal Court, "The Discretionary Power of the ICC Prosecutor," The John Marshall Law School (April 23, 2010)

American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, "Recent Developments in Sentencing Perpetrators of Gross Violations of Human Rights," San Diego, California (Jan. 7, 2009)


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