Ambassador to Discuss Human Rights

David Scheffer, U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues, will present “Realizing the Vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” at Wake Forest University on Tuesday, March 2.

Scheffer’s free and public lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102.

Scheffer reports directly to U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as an advisor on efforts to address serious violations of international humanitarian law. His responsibilities include coordinating work on war crimes issues, such as support for the Yugoslav and Rwanda War Crimes Tribunals and developing policy initiatives dealing with accountability for war crimes.

Scheffer was Albright’s senior advisor and counsel while she was the U.N. ambassador during President Clinton’s first term in office. Scheffer worked extensively on war crimes issues and national security matters.

Previously, Scheffer was an attorney with an international law firm, an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior consultant for the U.S. House of Representatives’ foreign affairs committee. He was also a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Scheffer graduated from Harvard University with a degree in government and economics. He earned his law degree from Oxford University and a master’s degree in international and comparative law from Georgetown University Law Center.

Scheffer’s lecture is a Year of Globalization and Diversity event. Wake Forest is sponsoring a yearlong series of events focusing on the world’s development into a more global community. For more information about Scheffer’s lecture or other events during the year, call 336-758-5788.

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