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Beth van Schaack

Beth van Schaack, JD

Visiting Scholar

CISAC
616 Serra St.
Encina Hall, E111
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

(650) 497-2908 (voice)

Research Interests

International law; international criminal and humanitarian law; human rights; transitional justice and civil procedure; conflicts of law and comparative law

Bio

Beth van Schaack joined CISAC as a visiting scholar in 2013-2014. She is a professor of law at Santa Clara University. In 2012, she was appointed as the deputy to U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice.

Beth joined the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty from private practice with Morrison & Forester LLP, where she practiced in the area of commercial law, international law, and human rights. She was trial counsel for Romagoza v. Garcia, a human rights case that resulted in a plaintiffs’ award of $54.6 million, and on the defense team for John Walker Lindh. She also served on the United States delegation to the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda.

She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law for the academic year 2009-10, researching on the topic of "The Receptivity of International Institutions to the Legal Claims of Women." 

Since 1996, Beth has served as a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia. Prior to teaching at Santa Clara University, she worked at Morrison & Foerster and at the Center for Justice and Accountability, and was a law clerk in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She was trial counsel for Romagoza v. Garcia, a human rights case that resulted in a plaintiffs’ award of $54.6 million, and on the defense team for John Walker Lindh. She also served on the United States delegation to the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda.

She received a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1991 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997.

Other Affiliations

Santa Clara University