War Crime Tribunals: Their Impact in Bosnia and Sierra Leone

Wednesday, April 12, 2006
1512 International Affairs Building


Lara J. Nettelfield (Columbia University)

Chandra Lekha Sriram (University of East London School of Law)

Ruti Teitel (New York Law School)

Moderator: Jack Snyder (Harriman Institute, Columbia University)

About the Participants:

Lara J. Nettelfield is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. She was a Fulbright Hays and German Marshall Fund fellow in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 2003-5.

Jack Snyder is the Acting Director of the Harriman Institute and Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the political science department and Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War (MIT Press, 2005); From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict (Norton Books, 2000)among others. His articles on such topics as democratization and war ("Prone to Violence: The Paradox of the Democratic Peace," The National Interest, winter 2005/2006), imperial overstretch, war crimes tribunals versus amnesties, international relations theory after September 11, and anarchy and culture have appeared in The American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and others.

Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of Human Rights at the University of East London School of Law, and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. She is co-editor, with Tom Biersteker, Peter Spiro, and Veronica Raffo, of International Law and International Relations: Bridging Theory and Practice, forthcoming from Routledge in 2006, and is author of Confronting Past Human Rights Violations: Justice vs. Peace in Times of Transition (London: Frank Cass, 2004) and Globalizing Justice for Mass Atrocities: A Revolution in Accountability (London: Routledge, 2005). She is currently researching a book, tentatively entitled Peace as governance? which critically examines the use of power sharing and territorial autonomy as incentives for armed groups in peace negotiations, to be published by Palgrave.

Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School, where she teaches international human rights, comparative and U.S. constitutional law. Professor Teitel's critically acclaimed book, Transitional Justice (2000), discusses the dilemmas of transformation in the 20th century transitions to democracy. Her extensive body of scholarly writing on comparative law, human rights, and constitutionalism encompasses articles published in some of the country's most prestigious legal journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the Harvard Law Review. She has contributed dozens of chapters to scholarly books in the areas of constitutional and human rights law. She also writes on human rights issues for a broader audience, having published in The New York Times, Legal Affairs, and Findlaw.com. She received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and was a Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of Human Rights Watch Europe/Central Asia.