Head of UN Syria Desk to Deliver Pitt's 25th Annual McLean Lecture on April 12

Head of UN Syria Desk to Deliver Pitt's 25th Annual McLean Lecture on April 12
Rami Shehadeh, head of the Syria desk in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, to speak on "The Syrian Conflict: Politics, Policy and Law”

Rami Shehadeh (LL.M. ’98), a Senior Political Affairs Officer at United Nations headquarters in New York, will deliver the 25th annual McLean Lecture on World Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018. The Lecture will be presented in the Teplitz Memorial Courtroom of the Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Shehadeh’s work focuses on developing strategic advice on the Syrian conflict for senior UN leadership. In this capacity, he currently serves as the head of the Syria Desk in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs. He has also served as a senior advisor to former UN Syria envoys Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi. Prior to his work on the Syrian conflict, Shehadeh served as political advisor to the UN envoy for the Middle East Peace Process and for the UN Secretary-General's Personal Representative for Lebanon during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.

Prior to joining the UN, Shehadeh worked as a legal advisor with Adam Smith International, a leading government advisory group in the UK, where he provided advice on a wide set of issues related to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Early in his career, Shehadeh was a human rights advocate who worked with the pioneering human rights organization AI-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He also participated in the 2004 precedent-setting request to the International Court of Justice at The Hague regarding the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

The McLean Lecture on World Law honors the memory and contributions of M.W. McLean, a founder, executive director, and executive vice-president of the World Federalist Association.

The Lecture is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of substantive CLE credit. There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.

Financial support for the McLean Lecture is provided by the law firm of Sherrard, German & Kelly, and by Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education. This year’s lecture is presented in cooperation with the American Society of International Law, the American Middle East Institute, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.