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LAPA Fellow

Diane Orentlicher

Former Fellow, 2000-2001
American University, Washington College of Law

4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
phone: 202-274-4000

While at LAPA
Diane Orentlicher is Professor of Law and Director of the War Crimes Research Office at American University. Professor Orentlicher's scholarship has focused on the problems of accountability for mass atrocities, transitions to democracy, and the relationship between ethnic identity and political participation. She is co-editor, with Louis Henkin, Gerald L. Neuman and David W. Leebron, of Human Rights (Foundation Press, 1999). Professor Orentlicher holds an A.B. from Yale University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Princeton, she will write a book that explores recent developments in international criminal law, including the Spanish/British proceedings against former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and the preparations for an international criminal court.
Life after LAPA: 
Diane Orentlicher is professor of international law at American University, where she also serves as co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Publications resulting from her LAPA Fellowship include: "Whose Justice? Reconciling Universal Jurisdiction with Democratic Principles," 92 Geo L.J. 1057 (2004), for which she has received the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research and the Pauline Ruyle Moore Award for Scholarship; a revised version of this article, which was published in International Law and International Relations: Bridging Theory and Practice (Tom Biersteker, Peter Spiro, Chandra Sriram and Veronica Raffo, eds.) (Routledge Press, 2006); "Striking a Balance: Mixed Law Tribunals and Conflicts of Jurisdiction," Ch. 8 in Justice for Crimes Against Humanity: International Law After Pinochet, Philippe Sands and Mark Lattimer, eds. (Hart Press, 2003); and "The Future of Universal Jurisdiction in the New Architecture of Transnational Justice," in Universal Jurisdiction: National Courts and the Prosecution of Serious Crimes Under International Law 214, Stephen J. Macedo, ed. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003). In addition to her scholarship, Professor Orentlicher has undertaken several United Nations appointments since leaving LAPA. Among them, in September 2004, then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Professor Orentlicher as the United Nations Independent Expert on combating impunity. In that capacity, Professor Orentlicher updated the UN’s principles on impunity; the updated principles were endorsed by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 2005.

While on sabbatical leave during Academic Year 2006-07, Professor Orentlicher is researching the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the countries formerly constituting Yugoslav Republics. She will also undertake an in-depth project on amnesties on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"'Settling Accounts' Revisited; Reconciling Global Norms with Local Agency," 1 Intl. J. Transnatl. Just. __ (forthcoming 2007).

Genocide, in Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (2d. ed., W.W. Norton Press forthcoming 2007).

"Whose Justice? Reconciling Universal Jurisdiction with Democratic Principles," 92 Geo L.J. 1057 (2004).