Beth Van Schaack

Beth Van Schaack

Beth Van Schaack

  • Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights


  • Drones Robotics & the Law
  • Human Rights
  • Human Rights International Law
  • International Conflict Resolution
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Justice
  • International Law & National Security
  • Law of Armed Conflict
  • Military Trials
  • National Security Law
  • Transnational Justice
  • Transnational Litigation & Arbitration
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Policy Practicum: Legal and Policy Tools for Preventing Atrocities

In 2012, at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Memorial, President Obama announced the adoption of a comprehensive global strategy to prevent atrocities. This strategy is based on a set of recommendations generated by an interagency review of the U.S. government’s capabilities mandated by Presidential Study Directive 10 (PSD-10) of 2011. In unveiling this major new initiative, President Obama underscored that Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States. Foundational to the PSD-10 recommendations was the creation of a high-level interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB) to monitor at-risk countries and emerging threats in order to coordinate the U.S. government’s responses thereto. Since being established in 2012, the APB has worked to amass and strengthen a range of legal, diplomatic, military, and financial tools for atrocity prevention. This policy lab would support the APB primarily through one of its constitutive entities, the Office of Global Criminal Justice (GCJ) in the U.S. Department of State.

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