Expert to speak on conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan


John Cerone, a noted international law expert, will present “International Humanitarian Law in the News: Recent Developments in Syria, Ukraine and Afghanistan” on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Wayne State University Law School.

He will discuss controversies in the application of the law of armed conflict to the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Afghanistan. His discussion will cover issues such as the application of the law to non-state groups like ISIS and the Taliban, the deaths of civilians and drone strikes.

Cerone is the Paul Martin Senior Professor in International Affairs and Law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and visiting professor of international law at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy of Tufts University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law. The lecture is sponsored by the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies.

As a practicing international lawyer, Cerone has worked for a number of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Secretariat of Amnesty International and International Crisis Group. He also has served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals. He has field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, including Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and East Timor. He 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 U.S. courts and international human rights institutions.

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 holds a Fulbright Distinguished Chair and has been a Fulbright scholar at both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Cerone earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, his law degree from Notre Dame Law School and his master of laws degree from New York University School of Law.


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