The John Marshall Law School
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BA, cum laude, University of Houston
JD, with honors, University of Texas School of Law
LLM, with distinction, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Stuart Ford's academic interest is international law, particularly international criminal law and international criminal courts. He has published articles on the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the responsibility to protect doctrine, crimes against humanity, genocide, collective security, and the use of force in international relations, and he regularly presents his work at conferences. His current work explores the cost, value, and legitimacy of international criminal tribunals. He teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, International Organizations, and International Criminal Law at John Marshall.
Prior to joining John Marshall, Professor Ford worked as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), an international criminal tribunal that was jointly established by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations to prosecute senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for atrocities committed in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. He participated in the selection of crime sites and suspects for investigation, conducted preliminary investigations, and participated in the co-investigating judges' investigations. In addition, he represented the Co-Prosecutors during the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, alias "Duch," the first person to be tried by the ECCC.
Prior to his work at the ECCC, Professor Ford worked for the Open Society Justice Initiative, monitoring various aspects of the start-up of the ECCC, and wrote a number of reports for various international organizations on the rule of law in Cambodia and the impact of corruption. Before moving to Cambodia, he was an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski in Minneapolis and Howrey Simon Arnold & White in Washington, DC.
Professor Ford received an LLM in Public International Law and Armed Conflict, with Distinction, from the University of Nottingham. He received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review and Order of the Coif. He was also the recipient of the Robert S. Strauss Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law.
"How Special is the Special Court's Outreach Section" in The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Charles Chernor Jalloh ed.), Cambridge University Press (2014)
The Influence of Politics at the ICTY: Evidence from the Indictments, 39 N. Carolina J. Int’l L. & Comm. Reg. 45 (2013)
A Social Psychology Model of the Perceived Legitimacy of International Criminal Courts: Implications for the Success of Transitional Justice Mechanisms, 45 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 405 (2012)
How Leadership in International Criminal Law is Shifting from the U.S. to Europe and Asia: An Analysis of Spending On and Contributions To International Criminal Courts, 55 St. Louis U. L.J. 953 (2011).
The International Criminal Court and Proximity to the Scene of the Crime: Does the Rome Statute Permit All of the ICC's Trials to Take Place at Local or Regional Chambers?, 43 John Marshall Law Review 715 (2010)
Is the Failure to Respond Appropriately to a Natural Disaster a Crime Against Humanity? The Responsibility to Protect and Individual Criminal Responsibility in the Aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, 38 Denver Journal of International Law & Policy 227 (2010)
Exploring Critical Issues in Religious Genocide: Case Studies of Violence in Tibet, Iraq and Gujarat (with Robert Petit and Neha Jain), 40 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 163 (2008)
Crimes Against Humanity at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: Is a Connection with Armed Conflict Required?, 24 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 125 (2007)
Legitimacy and International Courts, "A Utilitarian Justification for the International Criminal Court," Duke Law School (March 2013)
Annual Meeting of the Junior International Law Scholars Association, "Show Trials at the Hague?", New York Law School (Feb. 2013)
Junior Regional Faculty Workshop, "Climate Change, Armed Conflict and the Future of International Law," Washington University School of Law (Dec. 2012)
American Society of International Law, "Measuring, Understanding and Predicting Trial Complexity at the ICTY," Washington, DC (Dec. 2012)
Regional Faculty Workshop, "Climate Change, Armed Conflict, and the Future of International Law," Loyola University of Chicago (Nov. 2012)
American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting, "Climate Change, Armed Conflict and the Future of International Law," University of Georgia (Oct. 2012)
Regional Faculty Workshop, "Measuring, Understanding and Predicting Trial Complexity at the ICTY," Valparaiso University Law School (Oct. 2012)
Assessing the Contributions and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to Africa and International Criminal Justice, ″How Special is the Special Court′s Outreach Section?″ University of Pittsburgh School of Law (April 2012)
2011 American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Workshop, "International Enforcement of International Criminal Law," DePaul University (Oct. 2011)
2011 International Summer Institute, "International Criminal Courts," University of Illinois (July 2011)
Assessing the Impact of the International Criminal Court, "A Social Psychology Model of the Perceived Legitimacy of International Criminal Courts," University of Leiden (May 2011)
Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop, "A Social Psychology Model of the Perceived Legitimacy of International Criminal Courts," DePaul University (April 2011)
2010 American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Workshop, "International Enforcement of International Criminal Law," DePaul University (Oct. 2010)
Junior Criminal Law Professors Conference, "The International Criminal Court and Proximity to the Scene of the Crime: Does the Rome Statute Permit All of the ICC's Trials to Take Place at Local or Regional Chambers?" (June 2010)
"The End of the First Trial at the ECCC," Cambodian Association of Illinois (June 2010)
International Criminal Court Symposium, "The International Criminal Court and Proximity to the Scene of the Crime: Does the Rome Statute Permit All of the ICC's Trials to Take Place at Local or Regional Chambers?" The John Marshall Law School (April 2010)
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