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Shahram Dana

Shahram Dana

Associate Professor
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Phone: 312.386.2854
Email: sdana@jmls.edu

JD, Boston University School of Law
LLM, cum laude, Leiden University
BA, summa cum laude, Arizona State University's Walter
Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications

Scholarship | SSRN Publications | Presentations

Prior to joining John Marshall, Shahram Dana worked at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as a lecturer at Maastricht University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands. Professor Dana's research focuses on public international law and international criminal justice. He is finishing his first book, International Crime and Punishment: A Theory for International Sentencing, and contributed a chapter to The Criminal Law of Genocide: International, Comparative, and Contextual Aspects in 2007.

A frequent lecturer at conferences around the globe, Professor Dana was selected by The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise to train senior judges, prosecutors, and government officials on crimes against humanity, international criminal law, human rights, and the International Criminal Court. In law school, he received the G. Joseph Tauro Scholar distinction for academic achievement and served on the Boston University International Law Journal.

He teaches International Criminal Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Public International Law.

Scholarship

Blood Diamonds and Mass Atrocities: Cutting a New Paradigm from Coarse Jurisprudence (forthcoming 2013)

Law, Justice & Politics: A Reckoning of the International Criminal Court, 43 John Marshall Law Review xxiii (2010)

Beyond Retroactivity to Realizing Justice: A Theory on the Principle of Legality in International Sentencing, 99 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 857 (2009)

"The Law of Contempt before the ICTR" in Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals, Vol. X (A. Klip & G. Sluiter eds.) Intersentia, Oxford (2006)

Revisiting the Blaškić Sentence: Some Reflections on the Sentencing Jurisprudence of the ICTY, 4 INT’L CRIM. L.R. 321 (2004)

Presentations

Plenary Panelist: Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Plenary Panel: National Security Law, "DOJ White Paper: Beyond Justifying Drones," Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (April 19-21, 2013)

Speaker: Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, "Blood Diamond and Mass Atrocities: Cutting a New Paradigm from Coarse Jurisprudence," Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (April 19-21, 2013)

107th Annual Meeting of American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Luncheon, "The Tension Between Law and Politics: Can the ICC Navigate a Multipolar World?" (April 3-6, 2013)

107th Annual Meeting of American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Luncheon, "Criminalizing the Illegal Use of Force: A Conversation with Former Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz," (April 3-6, 2013)

"Is the United States Drones Practice Consistent with Its International Obligations," The John Marshall Law School (March 18, 2013)

"The Supreme Court and the Future of the Alien Tort Statute," The Federalist Society, The John Marshall Law School (March 6, 2013)

International Criminal Law Scholars Roundtable, "The Limits of Judicial Idealism: Should the ICC Engage with Consequentialist Aspirations?," American Society of International Law (Dec. 14, 2012)

"Kill Lists and Accountability," The Federalist Society, The John Marshall Law School (Oct. 10, 2012)

International Conference Assessing the Contributions and Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to African and International Criminal Justice, "The Special Court's Sentencing Legacy: Principled Punishment or Political Favoritism?" University of Pittsburgh Law School (April 19-21, 2012)

Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, "The Limits of Judicial Idealism: The International Criminal Court and Consequentialist Aspirations," Marquette University School of Law (April 12-15, 2012)

"The Impact of Iran's Legal System on Human Rights," DePaul University College of Law (April 10, 2012)

American Society of International Law Annual Conference, International Criminal Law Interest Group Meeting, "Implications of the Lubanga Case: Opportunity for a Clean Slate?" Washington, D.C. (March 28-31, 2012)

American Society of International Law, International Criminal Law Scholars Roundtable, "The Perverse Effects of Reconciliation in International Criminal Justice," Chicago, Illinois (Dec. 9, 2011)

American Society of International Law Inaugural Research Forum, "The Perverse Effects of Ideology in International Criminal Justice," University of California Los Angeles (Nov. 4, 2011)

Center for International Law Lecture Series, "Human Rights in Europe," The John Marshall Law School (Sept. 27, 2011)

14th Annual Conference of Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, "Boundaries and Enemies," University of Nevada Las Vegas (March 12, 2011)

Yale Law School Junior International Law Scholars Association, "The Ambiguous Role of Seniority in Sentencing for Atrocity Crimes," Yale Law School (Feb. 25, 2011)

"Nazism and Deadly Medicine," The John Marshall Law School (Nov. 15, 2010)

The American Society of International Law Annual Conference on International Legal Theory, "Reexamining Customary International Law," Washington, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2010)

International Committee of the Red Cross Humanitarian Law Workshop, "When Does IHL Apply?" DePaul University College of Law International Human Rights Law Institute (Oct. 15, 2010)

Central States Law Schools Association Annual Conference, "Beyond Retroactivity to Realizing Justice: A Theory on the Principle of Legality in International Criminal Law Sentencing," University of North Dakota School of Law (Sept. 24 & 25, 2010)

Southeast Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, "The Perverse Effects of Reconciliation Ideology on International Justice," Florida (Aug. 2010)

Law and Society Annual Conference, "Punishing Political and Military Leaders for International Crimes," Chicago, Illinois (May 2010)

Chair/Panelist: The John Marshall Law Review Symposium International Justice in the 21st Century: The Law & Politics of the International Criminal Court, "The Discretionary Power of the ICC Prosecutor," The John Marshall Law School (April 23, 2010)

American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, "Recent Developments in Sentencing Perpetrators of Gross Violations of Human Rights," San Diego, California (Jan. 7, 2009)

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