John P. Cerone
Director of the Center
- New England Law | Boston
- B.S.E. The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
- J.D. Notre Dame Law School
- LL.M. New York University School of Law
Professor John P. Cerone teaches Public International Law, Human Rights Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, and International Criminal Law, and serves as director of the law school's Center for International Law and Policy. He has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and a visiting scholar at the International Criminal Court. He has also received two Fulbright awards, as a Fulbright scholar at both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Before joining the New England faculty in 2004, Professor Cerone was executive director of the War Crimes Research Office at American University Washington College of Law, where he served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals.
As a practicing international lawyer, Professor Cerone has worked for a number of different intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor.
Professor Cerone is the U.S. Member of the International Law Association’s (ILA) International Human Rights Law Committee. He has served as Co-Chair of the Human Rights Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and as Chair of the International Human Rights Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). He is accredited by the United Nations to represent the ASIL before various U.N. bodies and is an elected member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. In 2009 he served as special adviser to the first U.S. delegation to the UN Human Rights Council. He has received the President's Award of the Boston Bar Association for his legal work on Guantanamo Bay issues, which has included representing major international human rights organizations in detainee litigation before U.S. courts and international human rights institutions.
He has taught courses and given guest lectures in more than 40 countries across all regions of the globe. He is the author of several articles and book chapters on international law, as well as the casebook Public International Law: Cases, Problems, and Texts (with Dinah Shelton and Stephen McCaffrey).
The Center receives continuing support and guidance from its associated scholars and board of advisers, which includes faculty members at New England Law | Boston, as well as scholars, practitioners, and administrators from outside the law school who share a common interest in the activities of the Center.
Associated Scholars (New England Law | Boston faculty)
- Ronald Chester
- Stanley E. Cox
- Russell Engler, Coordinator of the International Law Clinic
- Susan R. Finneran
- Judith G. Greenberg
- Philip K. Hamilton, Director of the Galway Summer Abroad program
- Dina Francesca Haynes
- Gary L. Monserud
- David M. Siegel, Director of the Foreign Lawyer LL.M program;
Supervisor of the International War Crimes Prosecution Project
- Elizabeth K. Spahn
- Russ VerSteeg
- Paul F. Teich
- Jamie Williamson, Visiting Professor
Board of Advisers
- Columbia University School of Law
- Board of Editors, "American Journal of International Law"
- Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law
M. Cherif Bassiouni
- President, Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul College of Law
- President, International Association of Penal Law
- President, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences
Werner F. Ebke, LL.M.
- Senior Professor of Corporate and Private International Law, University of Konstanz (Germany)
- Repeat visitor to New York University's Global Law School Visiting Faculty Program
- Executive Director, International Bar Association
- Suffolk University Law School
- Vice President of the International Law Association (American Branch)
Thomas C. Fischer
- Former Dean, New England Law | Boston
Richard G. Huber
- Professor Emeritus and Former Dean, Boston College Law School
- Past President, Association of American Law Schools
- Former Visiting Professor, New England Law | Boston
John Norton Moore
- Director, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law
- R. Gordon Butler Scholar-in-Law and Professor, Boston University School of Law
Barry A . K. Rider
- Director, University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
- Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge
- Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
- President, International Law Association (American Branch)
- Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
Michael P. Scharf
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- Executive Director, Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security, Duke University School of Law
- Director, Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh
Sir David G. T. Williams, Q.C., DL
- Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of Cambridge
- Fellow, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
- Director of the J.D./M.A. Joint Degree Program in International Affairs, American University Washington College of Law
- Managing Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group