Welcome Guest Blogger William W. Burke-White

wburkewh.jpgI’m pleased to welcome Bill Burke-White as a guest blogger this month.

Bill is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he teaches courses on international law, human rights, international courts and institutions, and international financial arbitration. Prior thereto, he was Lecturer and Senior Special Assistant to Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

His research interests are at the intersection of international law and international politics. He has written widely on the structure of international legal regimes, the effectiveness of international courts and tribunals, international arbitration, human rights, international criminal law, state financial collapse, and transitional justice. He was the 2001 recipient of the Deak Prize for the outstanding article published in a student-edited international law journal and the 2006 University of Pennsylvania Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His current research projects include a study of the impact of international criminal justice on the willingness of states and rebels to settle armed conflicts based on both rational choice models and deep case studies, an analysis of the role of power in international law based on an examination of the rise of Russia and China with particular reference to energy supply and demand, and a review of the impact of international law and international relations movement on the future of international legal scholarship.

Burke-White has recently served as Visiting Scholar and Advisor to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. He regularly advises and appears as an expert witness for national governments, particularly the Republic of Argentina, in international investment arbitration. He has also advised the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the creation of international criminal accountability mechanisms for the massive crimes committed there in the 1990s, the Government of Uganda on the implementation of a peace agreement with the Lords Resistance Army, and the Government of Cambodia and the U.N. Transitional Administration in East Timor on the establishment of international criminal tribunals. Burke-White also served Special Rapporteur and Advisor to the Legal and Constitutional Commission of the Government of Rwanda for the drafting of a new Rwandan constitution, as legal assistant at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in the international law group at Clifford Chance, L.L.P. in London.

Burke-White is a frequent commentator in the media on issues of international law and international relations. He has authored and coauthored op-eds in The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Times, and Foreign Policy and he is a regular guest on various public radio stations. In 2007 he received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Burke-White holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil. in international relations from Cambridge University (where he was J. William Fulbright Scholar), and a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College.

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