The John Marshall Law School
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Chicago, Illinois 60604
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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 public 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, and genocide, and he regularly presents his work at conferences. His current research explores the cost, value, and efficiency of international criminal tribunals, with the goal of improving their functioning. He is presently the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools' Section on International Human Rights. He teaches Civil Procedure, Evidence, International Criminal Law, and International Organizations 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.
"Funding the ICC" in The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (Carsten Stahn ed.) Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2015)
Complexity and Efficiency at International Criminal Courts, 29 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 1 (2014)
"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)
Fairness and Politics at the ICTY: Evidence from the Indictments, 39 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. 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 United States 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 J. Marshall L. Rev. 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 Denv. J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 227 (2010)
Speaker: American Society of International Law's Midyear Research Forum, "Complexity and Efficiency at International Criminal Courts," New York University (November 2013)
Speaker: "Complexity & Efficiency in International Criminal Trials," JMLS Faculty Works In Progress Series (CLE) (October 2013)
Speaker: Scholars & Students Series, "Putting a Price on (International) Justice," Louis L. Biro Law Library (October 2013)
Speaker: Junior Faculty Workshop, "Complexity and Efficiency at International Criminal Courts," DePaul University (August 2013)
Speaker: Regional Faculty Workshop, "Complexity and Efficiency at International Criminal Courts," Valparaiso University (August 2013)
Speaker: Regional Colloquium on Globalization of Law, "The Role of Complexity in International Criminal Justice," University of Wisconsin (May 2013)
Speaker: Legitimacy and International Courts, "A Utilitarian Justification for the International Criminal Court," Duke Law School (March 2013)
Speaker: Annual Meeting of the Junior International Law Scholars Association, "The Influence of Politics at the ICTY," New York Law School (Feb. 2013)
Speaker: "The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia," Northern Illinois University's College of Law – DeKalb, IL (February 2013)
Speaker: Junior Regional Faculty Workshop, "Climate Change, Armed Conflict and the Future of International Law," Washington University School of Law (Dec. 2012)
Speaker: American Society of International Law, "Measuring, Understanding and Predicting Trial Complexity at the ICTY," Washington, DC (Dec. 2012)
Speaker: "Measuring, Understanding and Predicting Trial Complexity at the ICTY," JMLS Faculty Works In Progress Series (CLE) (November 2012)
Speaker: Regional Faculty Workshop, "Climate Change, Armed Conflict, and the Future of International Law," Loyola University of Chicago (Nov. 2012)
Speaker: American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting, "Climate Change, Armed Conflict and the Future of International Law," University of Georgia (Oct. 2012)
Speaker: Regional Faculty Workshop, "Measuring, Understanding and Predicting Trial Complexity at the ICTY," Valparaiso University Law School (Oct. 2012)
Speaker: 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)
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