25th Annual McLean Lecture: The Syrian Conflict: Politics, Policy, and Law

Center for International Legal Education, Pitt Law, American Society of International Law, American Middle East Institute, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Date and Times: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

CLE Credit Information: 

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (1) hour of substantive credit. There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.

Rami Shehadeh, a 1998 Pitt Law LLM graduate, is a senior political officer at the UN Department of Political Affairs where he has led the UN’s Syria team for the past six years. His ideas have often shaped the UN’s policy framework, in particular how to promote an approach that protects the welfare and rights of all citizens in postconflict Syria and contributes to regional peace and stability. Shehadeh is refreshingly original and strategic. His unusual combination of being both principled and pragmatic makes him operationally effective as he strives to make a tangible impact.

Shehadeh’s career has spanned three highly politicized contexts: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Lebanon (including the 2006 war), and Syria’s civil war, and has earned him recognition by his colleagues and UN leadership. Shehadeh’s contributions to some of the most intractable peace and security issues we face have had an outsized impact and speak to his potential to become a foreign policy leader to watch.