Diane Marie Amann

Visiting Professor of Law


Biography

In addition to serving as a visiting faculty member at Northwestern, Diane Marie Amann holds the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law and is Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law, where she previously was Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives. An expert in child rights, international criminal law, and related fields of national and international law, Amann has served since 2012 as the Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict.

 

Previously, she was Professor of Law, founding Director of the California International Law Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California-Davis School of Law; held visiting appointments at the Oxford University Faculty of Law Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Mansfield College, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway, and Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Honors include the inaugural Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson Research Fellowship at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Prominent Woman in International Law Award of the American Society of International Law, and the Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law of the American Bar Association.

Amann practiced law in San Francisco as an Assistant Federal Public Defender and as an Associate at Morrison & Foerster, and served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and to Judge Prentice H. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Amann, who holds an honorary doctorate in from Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands, earned her J.D. cum laude (Order of the Coif) from Northwestern University, where was a Note and Comment Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, her M.A. inpolitical science from the University of California-Los Angeles, and her B.S. in journalism, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications:

Arcs of Global Justice: Essays in Honour of William A. Schabas, co-edited with Margaret M. deGuzman (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Glimpses of Women at the Tokyo Tribunal, in The Tokyo Tribunal: Perspectives on Law, History and Memory (Dittrich et al. eds., Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2020) 

The Policy on Children of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor: Toward Greater Accountability for Crimes against and affecting Children, 101 International Review of the Red Cross 537 (2019)

John Paul Stevens, Originalist, 106 Northwestern University Law Review 743 (2012)

Abu Ghraib, 153 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 2085 (2005)

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Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public International Law
  • Laws of War
  • International and Transnational Criminal Law
  • Children and International Law


Education

  • B.S. highest honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in political science, University of California, Los Angeles
  • J.D. cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Dr.h.c. in law, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands

Prior Appointments

  • Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Rusk International Law Center, and former Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Professor (by courtesy) of International Affairs, University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs
  • Research Visitor/Visiting Fellow, Oxford University Faculty of Law Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Mansfield College
  • External Scientific Fellow, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law
  • Inaugural Breslauer, Rutman & Anderson Research Fellow, Center for Advanced Genocide Research, University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Professor of Law, Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar, and Founding Director of the California International Law Center, University of California-Davis School of Law (Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall)
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley School of Law
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of California-Los Angeles School of Law
  • Professeur invitée, Faculté de droit, Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • Visiting Professor, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Assistant Federal Public Defender, San Francisco
  • Associate, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco
  • Law Clerk to Hon. John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Prentice H. Marshall, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict,
  • Counsellor and past Vice President, American Society of International Law

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