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New Professor of International Law Seeks Justice in the Wake of War’s Atrocities
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Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Kuwait, East Timor, Cambodia, and the Congo: These are names that bring to mind some of the darkest moments in recent world history. But for new Assistant Professor of Law William Burke-White, who has worked in all of these areas, such war-torn societies represent a chance for healing and reconciliation through the power of international law.

Burke-White, who joined Penn Law’s faculty this fall, is a prominent scholar in international and human rights law. He is co-author of a forthcoming book from Oxford University Press titled International Law and International Relations, and author of numerous law review articles and newspaper op-ed pieces.

His scholarly work is based on experience tracing war atrocities around the globe. He received his B.A. from Harvard in Russian and American History and Literature. Before going on to earn a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in International Relations at Cambridge, Burke-White served as a law clerk in the Hague, conducting research for the war crime trials of rape camp commanders in Bosnia.
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