Is Aggressive War a Crime? The International Criminal Court and the Future of International Justice
A discussion between the first US Ambassador-at-Large for Crimes, Amb. Scheffer and Gen. Wesley K. Clark (ret.)
Published: Monday, September 27, 2010
David Scheffer is an American lawyer and diplomat who served as the first United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, during President Bill Clinton's second term in office. As ambassador, Scheffer participated in the creation of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Extraordinary Chambers in Cambodia. He also led the U.S. negotiating team in United Nations talks on the International Criminal Court. Though Scheffer signed the Rome Statute that established the ICC on behalf of the U.S. in 2000, he was a highly vocal critic of many aspects of the court and the negotiation process. He particularly opposed the prohibition on any party making reservations to the Rome Statute and the manner in which the Statute structured the court's jurisdiction.He currently teaches at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he directs the Center for International Human Rights.
Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center. Gen. Clark was NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe under President Clinton and a presidential candidate during the 2004 campaign. In June 2009, President Obama appointed Gen. Clark to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.