John P. Cerone — Director of the Center
Credits and International Activities
- At the Canadian Forces Staff College, Professor Cerone lectured on "Exploring the Legal Implications of the Civilianization of the Battefield" before military officers from 35 countries.
- Professor Cerone spoke at DePaul University School of Law on the subject of the extraterritorial application of international human rights law.
- Professor Cerone delivered a panel presentation for the main annual conference of the International Law Association.
- At Poland's Radziejowice Palace, Professor Cerone lectured on the interaction of human rights law and the law of armed conflict in the context of detention in time of armed conflict or military occupation.
- In Greece, Professor Cerone presented a paper at the Athens Institute for Education and Research on the subject of regulating the use of force by and against non-state actors.
- Returning to Barcelona, and in cooperation with Amnesty International and the Catalan Institute for Human Rights, Professor Cerone facilitated a roundtable discussion on human rights in Spain in light of the financial crisis.
- Professor Cerone traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, to meet with officials of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and to facilitate a dialogue on recent developments in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights System.
- Professor Cerone spoke at International Law Anniversary Weekend at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on the subject of “Corporate Liability for Violations of International Law: An Opportunity for the US Supreme Court to Fashion a Coherent Vision of International Legal Responsibility.”
- With the help of the Center’s research assistants, Professor Cerone conducted a training session at Montjuic Castle in Barcelona for UN and government officials working on human rights and law of armed conflict issues in the MENA region.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Amman, Jordan, to conduct a seminar at the Jordanian Diplomatic Institute on emerging issues in international law relevant to the work of international organizations. While in Jordan, he also met with the UN Special Envoy to Libya, as well as senior government officials working on international human rights issues both within Jordan and in relation to Jordanian foreign policy.
As part of the Center’s work in support of the CEDAW Committee, Professor Cerone travelled to Iceland to meet with women’s human rights experts from the Nordic region. While in Reykjavik, he also presented a lecture series at the University of Iceland on recent developments in international criminal law.
- In December, Professor Cerone was invited to give a guest lecture at the American University of Beirut on the Politics of International Justice – US Policy Regarding the International criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. His lecture was based on the Center’s research project on US Attitudes toward International Criminal Courts and Tribunals.
- From Beirut, Professor Cerone traveled on to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where he worked with local women’s rights NGOs to prepare submissions to international human rights treaty bodies. Students working for the Center undertook background research on the situation of women’s rights in Kyrgyzstan and continue to participate in the drafting of the submissions.
- In late November, Professor Cerone traveled to London to speak at the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He was invited as a member of an expert group formed to advise NATO governments on engagement with rising powers in the context of the UN Human Rights Council.
- Professor Cerone participated in a closed door meeting of international law experts jointly convened by the Atlantic Council and Chatham House (the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs) in Washington, DC. He was invited to speak on the issue of engaging the rising powers in the context of the UN Human Rights Council.
- Professor Cerone traveled to New York City to speak on a panel entitled “The Death of the Collateral Damage Rule” at the International Law Association’s International Law Weekend. He spoke on the subject of the principle of distinction under the jus in bello, and its application on the Libyan conflict. From there he traveled to Chicago to conduct a training session on the law of war for the American Red Cross.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Kuala Lumpur, where he participated in a week-long strategic planning session for IWRAW-AP, an international women’s human rights organization. He serves as a technical expert for IWRAW-AP, as well as a member of the Advisory Group on the OP to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. While there he also lectured on the expanding and contracting roles of the state, and parallel developments in the law of state responsibility.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Sweden to lecture at the Lund University Faculty of Law on current issues in international human rights and humanitarian law, including the situation in Libya, the Swiss minaret ban, and recent hate speech prosecutions in Europe.
- While in Scandinavia, he also met with colleagues at the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute to discuss collaboration on Center research projects. Professor Cerone has previously guest lectured at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Danish Institute.
- In June 2011, Professor Cerone traveled to Warsaw to lecture in the 29th Annual Course of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC’s Annual Course in International Humanitarian Law draws participants from the government, the military, the academy, and international organizations. Professor Cerone lectured on the international legal regimes regulating authority to detain and detainee treatment issues.
- Professor Cerone served on a panel of experts at an international conference on the Crime of Aggression held at Oxford University.
- He also traveled to Bangkok where he lectured on the law of armed conflict and international human rights law at a training session organized by Harvard University for UN, national government, and NGO officials working in Southeast Asia.
- Professor Cerone gave a shipwide lecture aboard the MV Explorer in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (21 degrees 23 minutes North; 164 degrees 13 minutes West) on “The international regulation of expression and the debate over defamation of religion: continuing fallout from the Danish cartoon controversy”. He also gave the keynote address at the Voyage Convocation.
- Professor Cerone presented on the "UN Response to the Situation in Libya" and "The Simultaneous Application of International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law in Times of Armed Conflict" at Dr. Ambedkar Law University, India.
- In China, he presented "International Law and the 'Jasmine Revolutions'" at Nanjing University (joint program with Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies).
- While in Mauritius, Professor Cerone met with a member of the CEDAW Committee to discuss her work on a new CEDAW General Comment on women in armed conflict.
- From January to April 2011 Professor Cerone served as the inaugural Voyage Research Scholar for the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program. In this capacity, he served as an academic resource on international law issues for the shipboard community as it circumnavigated the globe. He also undertook research on the UN Human Rights Council and its relationship with each of the twelve countries visited during the voyage.
- Professor Cerone was invited to speak at an expert meeting at the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. The closed door meeting, held under the Chatam House Rule, was convened jointly by Chatham House and the Atlantic Council as a transatlantic dialogue on international law and human rights.
- He then traveled on to the Philippines to train military officials, UN officials, and humanitarian relief professionals working in South and Southeast Asia on operationalizing the complementarity of international human rights law and the law of armed conflict.
- Professor Cerone participated in a panel discussion on the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the declaration of independence of Kosovo. The panel was convened at the International Law Association's International Law Weekend in New York City.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Brussels to give a guest lecture on "Enforcing International Law" at an international legal training seminar for UN and government officials, hosted by the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom of Belgium.
- Professor Cerone traveled to the Hague to participate in the deliberations of the International Human Rights Committee of the International Law Association. The Center has agreed to undertake legal research on the application of international human rights law in the context of UN peace operations on behalf of the Committee.
- While in the Hague, Professor Cerone also met with senior officials at the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to discuss the Center’s ongoing work for these institutions. He also met with the New England Law students working at these tribunals under the auspices of the Center’s international externship program.
- Professor Cerone met with members of the CEDAW Committee at UN Headquarters to discuss the Center’s CEDAW research projects. He also met with members of the recently established Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Flotilla incident, deployed under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council, to brief them on pertinent issues of international law, including the jus ad bellum, the jus in bello, international human rights law, the law of state responsibility for injury to aliens, the law of the sea, and international criminal law.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Uganda to represent the American Society of International Law in the first Review Conference of the International Criminal Court. His blog entries can be found here.
- Professor Cerone presented a lecture to UN, NGO, and national government officials on the simultaneous application of international human rights law and the law of armed conflict as part of Harvard University's Thematic Workshop on Human Rights, Counterterrorism and Armed Conflict.
- Professor Cerone gave a lecture on the evolution of individual criminal responsibility in international law for the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center at Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona, Spain.
- Professor Cerone and four New England Law students working on Center projects traveled to UN Headquarters to discuss their work with members of the Human Rights Committee.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Austria to speak at the Salzburg Seminar. This expert group meeting brought together international jurists and journalism professors from across the globe to discuss methods for enhancing the capacity of journalists to cover instances of mass violence, including war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.
- Professor Cerone traveled to Amman to train UN and national government officials in the international law of armed conflict. The training was sponsored by the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy and Harvard University's Program of Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research.
- Returned to Geneva to serve as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Special Session of the Council on the situation in the Middle East, including consideration of the report of the International Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza conflict.
- Returned to Geneva to participate in Expert Group meeting on the law of occupation, convened by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
- Returned to Geneva the week of September 14 to serve as a member of the first U.S. delegation to the UN Human Rights Council. (The U.S. was elected to the council for the first time earlier this year.)
- Gave guest lecture at Harvard University, under the auspices of Harvard’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, on the relationship between international human rights law, international criminal law, and the jus in bello.
- Traveled to Cairo to participate in the annual Advisory Group meeting of International Women’s Rights Action Watch – AP.
- Traveled to Geneva to take up the position of Special Advisor on International Human Rights Institutions at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva in preparation for the 12th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
- Presented a lecture at the U.S. Mission for members of Geneva’s legal and diplomatic community on the complementarity of human rights and humanitarian law in times of armed conflict or occupation.
- Convened a closed-door meeting at the U.S. State Department between representatives of various federal departments / agencies and members of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues relating to the prospect of U.S. ratification of the CEDAW Convention.
- Spoke at a briefing for the CEDAW Committee at UN Headquarters in New York. The topic was comparative analysis of admissibility requirements in individual complaints procedures. Students working for the Center prepared materials that were distributed to the Committee Members at the briefing.
- Traveled to Strasbourg to teach a thematic course on secret detention as part of the Annual Study Session of the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme (International Institute of Human Rights); gave a public lecture at the Institute on the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties.
- Spoke on a panel at Harvard Law School, under the auspices of Harvard’s Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, on contemporary challenges in International Humanitarian Law.
- Traveled to Prague to teach course on International Human Rights Law at Charles University.
- Traveled to Toronto to speak on “The Admissibility of Communications under the Optional Protocol to the Women’s Convention” the University of Toronto.
- Traveled to Delhi to speak on “The Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant – Head of State Immunity and the ICC” at the National Law School University – Delhi.
- Traveled to Kathmandu to brief the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal on “Accountability for the Conduct of Non-state Actors in Post-Conflict Nepal.”
- Traveled to Geneva to participate in an Expert Meeting convened by the International Committee of the Red Cross on the Law of Occupation. While there, he also worked on behalf of the American Society of International Law on a research project on US Attitudes toward Human Rights Treaty-bodies.
- Traveled to Belgrade to lecture at the University of Belgrade Law Faculty on the legality of Kosovo's attempted secession.
- Spoke on “The Evolution of US Policy Toward International Criminal Courts,” in the opening panel of a conference sponsored by the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, the American Society of International Law, University of Paris II, and the Government of France.
- Spoke at International Law Weekend (New York) on the reconstruction of good faith compliance with decisions of international courts in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Medellin v. Texas.
- Spoke on the subject of “Persecution of Homosexuals: An International Crime?” at the national conference of the International Law Students Association at Vermont Law School.
- Professor Cerone addressed the plenary session of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law at its 31st Annual Roundtable in San Remo, Italy. He spoke on the subject of "Peace Operations & the Complementarity of Human Rights Law & International Humanitarian Law."
- Traveled to Warsaw to participate in Advisory Board meeting of International Women's Rights Action Watch – Asia Pacific. Lectured on the permissiblity of reservations to the Women's Convention as part of a global training of trainers.
- Professor Cerone participated in the 41st Session of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women held at UN Headquarters in New York.
- Professor Cerone taught an intensive course in International Human Rights Law at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago, Chile.
- Traveled to Seoul to speak at a conference held by Hongik University on the Use of Force & International Humanitarian Law. He spoke on "Disentangling the International Legal Regime(s) Applicable to Guantanamo Detainees."
- Professor Cerone taught an intensive course in international humanitarian law in the Peace & Conflict Studies Program at Tokyo University of Foreign Students.
- Traveled to Nairobi to train the Kenya National Human Rights Commission in relevant international legal frameworks to assist in the documentation and analysis of the recent violence there.
- Participated in an ASIL panel discussion entitled, "Interstate Complicity in the Context of Human Rights Violations," at the Sixth Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Participated in a panel discussion at the Boston Bar Association on "Complicity in Torture." Gave a guest lecture at the London School of Economics on "Recent Developments in the Application of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law by US Courts in the Context of Guantanamo Bay Litigation."
- Spoke at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on "The Jurisprudential Contributions of the ICTR in Defining the Contextual Elements of Crimes Against Humanity," as part of the Tribunal's Conference on the Legacy of International Criminal Courts & Tribunals.
- Traveled to Suzhou, China, as a delegate to the inaugural conference of the International Association of Law Schools.
- Presented a guest lecture at Fudan University School of Law (Shanghai, China) on the evolution of the position of the individual in the international legal system.
- Spoke at International Law Weekend (New York) on the legal standards governing international responsibility for complicity in the context of human rights violations.
- Represented the American Society of International Law in meetings with the directors of the five Nordic national human rights institutions.
- Participated in a meeting of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) experts convened by the International Committee of the Red Cross and American University Washington College of Law to discuss the teaching of IHL in US law schools.
- Participated a meeting of experts in International Human Rights Law to advise the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in the development of the ICCPR Implementation Index.
- Traveled to Cambodia to provide training in international criminal law to the Office of the Co-Prosecutors of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
- Presented Guest Lecture at Pannasastra University (Phnom Penh, Cambodia) on recent developments in the 'War on Terror' litigation in U.S. courts.
- Presented Guest Lecture to Malaysian Bar Council (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on the domestic implementation of human rights standards.
- Served as a Fulbright Professor in Peace & Conflict Studies – Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. Taught intensive course on the application of human rights, humanitarian, and international criminal law in the context of peacekeeping operations.
- Represented the American Society of International Law (ASIL) at the United Nations' Human Rights Committee session in New York City, documented the meeting along with two New England Law students. Met with several UN officials regarding CILP's ongoing projects.
- Chaired ASIL panel discussion in Washington D.C. entitled "Reforming International Human Rights Systems – A Comparative Analysis," at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. Panelists included Fatsah Ouguergouz, Cecilia Medina, Ngonlardje Mbaidjol, and Christos Rozakis.
- Presented Guest Lecture at Suffolk University School of Law, entitled "Reconstructing the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Afghanistan: Women's Access to Justice."
- Guest lecture at Reykjavik University in Reykjavik, Iceland, entitled "The Interplay Between International Law & U.S. Law in the Military Commissions Act of 2006."
- Guest lecture at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University entitled "The Evolution of International Criminal Justice Mechanisms."
- Chaired a panel discussion of the Associated of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in Washington, entitled "The Relationship Between the United States and the International Human Rights Systems."
- Presented an online lecture for ASIL on Careers in International Law .
- Presented lecture to the Boston Bar Association entitled "The International Legal Framework Applicable to Guantanamo Bay Detainees."
- Presented Guest Lecture at the University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica, entitled "Recent Legal Developments in the Application of Humanitarian Law to the ‘War on Terror.'"
- Met with officials from the Special Court in Sierra Leone to discuss the provision of legal research assistance.
- Served as a visiting professional in the Chambers of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, providing legal advice on the situations in Uganda and the Central African Republic.
- Guest lecture at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands, entitled "Disentangling the Conceptual Frameworks of Human Rights, Humanitarian, and International Criminal Law."
- Participated in a panel discussion, "The Danish Cartoon Row and the International Regulation of Expression," at the Inaugural Session of the UN Human Rights Council at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Taught course on International Human Rights Law at the Foundation for International Studies, University of Malta.
- Presented at the Conference, "International Humanitarian Law & International Human Rights Law: Exploring Parallel Application, at Hebrew University, Jerusalem" – presentation entitled "The Reach of International Human Rights Law in Times or Armed Conflict or Occupation."
- Presented final study on "U.S. Attitudes Towards International Criminal Courts" at a meeting of the Expert Group on US Attitudes Toward International Courts. The meeting was convened by the Project on International Courts and Tribunals of New York University School of Law at George Washington University in Washington.
- Presentation at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, entitled "The Status of the Individual in International Law (1906-2006): A Critical Appraisal."
- Presented "Human Rights in the Age of Terrorism," at the World Boston Great Decisions Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library.
- Presentation to the Boston Bar Association entitled "The International Legal Framework Applicable to Guantanamo Bay Detainees."
- Presentation to the Association of American Law Schools' Annual Meeting in Washington, entitled "Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law: A Critical Assessment of Current Jurisprudence."
- Presented a paper entitled "A Human Right of Self-Defense?" at a symposium at George Mason University School of Law
- Guest lecture at the Amnesty International Conference hosted by Boston University entitled "The Legacy of Nuremberg."
- Traveled to Washington to conduct research for project on U.S. attitudes towards International Criminal Courts, research included interviewing various U.S. government officials on the topic.
- Guest lecture, "The Security Council and the ICC," in the Summer Course on the International Criminal Court at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland.
- Met with Amnesty International's Japan researcher at Amnesty's London headquarters to advise on reparations for World War II "comfort women."
- Served as a Visiting Professor at the Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland in Galway, taught a course on International Criminal Law in cooperation with New England Law | Boston.
- Attended the meeting of the Expert Group on U.S. Attitudes Toward International Courts convened by NYU School of Law's Project on International Courts and Tribunals, at the Asser Institute, the Hague. Presented research on the U.S. Attitudes Towards International Criminal Courts.
- Served at Guest Professor at the National University of Laos in Vientiane, Laos. Taught master classes in international law, with an emphasis on the law of treaties, for Lao university faculty and mid-level government officials from various ministries. Advised law school administration on the development of international law curriculum.
- Presented an International Training Court at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark entitled "The Development of Humanitarian and International Criminal Law.
- Guest lecture at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute i