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Leila Nadia Sadat

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Leila Sadat is the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law, where she has taught since 1992. A leading authority in international criminal law and human rights, Sadat is particularly well-known for her expertise on the International Criminal Court. Named to chair the International Law Association committee on the Court in 1995, she authored or edited several monographs both in her capacity as chair, and writing individually. In addition, she was an NGO delegate to the U.N. Preparatory Committee and to the 1998 U.N. diplomatic conference in Rome at which the Court was established. In March 2000, her article The New International Criminal Court: An Uneasy Revolution, was published in the Georgetown Law Journal. In 2002 she published a monograph, The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law: Justice for the New Millennium, which was supported by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace and won the "Book of the Year" award from the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section).

More recently she has published several essays on U.S. foreign policy and international criminal law including Terrorism and the Rule of Law, which was published in volume 3 of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Her most recent article, Exile, Amnesty and International Law will appear in volume 81 of the Notre Dame Law Review. From May 2001 until September 2003, Professor Sadat served as a Congressional appointee to the nine-member U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom. More recently, she was tapped to participate in an International Bar Association project to train Iraqi lawyers, judges and prosecutors in human rights. Professor Sadat is often heard on national media, and has an active speaking schedule. She was recently elected Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law, and Vice-President and Co-Director of Studies of the International Law Association. She is also a member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law, Vice-President of the International Association of Penal Law (American National Section) and has been a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law.

Sadat received her J.D. from Tulane Law School, summa cum laude, and holds graduate law degrees from Columbia University School of Law (LLM, summa cum laude) and the University of Paris I - Sorbonne (diplôme d'études approfondies). Sadat practiced international business law for several years in Paris, France, prior to entering law teaching, and is admitted to the bar in Paris and in Louisiana. She clerked for Judge Albert Tate, Jr., on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as both of France's Supreme Courts, the Cour de Cassation and the Conseil d'Etat.
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