University of Pittsburgh

John P. Cerone

Professor Cerone is Visiting Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Professor of Law at the New England School of Law. He teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Prosecution, and International Organizations. 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 was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and has been a Fulbright scholar at both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

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, and has served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. 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 US courts and international human rights institutions.

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. He is an elected member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and has served in the ICRC Expert Group on the Law of Occupation. In 2009 he was appointed special adviser to the first U.S. delegation to the UN Human Rights Council.

He has lectured on human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and international criminal law at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo), the US Naval War College, the Inter-American Defense College, the Canadian Forces Staff College, the Institut International des Droits de l'Homme, and in the ICRC Annual Course. He has taught in over 40 countries across all regions of the globe and is the author of dozens of 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).

He has recently received a joint appointment as Visiting Chair in Public International Law at Lund University Faculty of Law and Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.

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