Area of Expertise: Peace negotiations, war on terror, international law, Balkans, war crimes, human rights, Department of State, U.S. foreign policy, Iraq
Additional Information: Paul R. Williams holds the Rebecca Grazier Professorship in Law and International Relations at American University, where he teaches in the School of International Service and the Washington College of Law. Williams also directs the Public International Law and Policy Group, which provides pro bono legal assistance to developing states and states in transition, and he was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Previously, he served in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Advisor for European and Canadian Affairs; as a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and as a Fulbright research scholar at the University of Cambridge. During the course of his legal practice, Williams has assisted nearly a dozen states and substate entities in major international peace negotiations, and he has served as a delegation member in the Dayton, Rambouillet-Paris, Key West, Lake Ohrid-Skopje, and Belgrade-Podgorica negotiations. He has also advised 15 governments across Europe, Africa, and Asia on matters of public international law. Williams has authored four books on topics of international human rights, international environmental law, and international norms of justice, and more than 15 articles on a wide variety of public international law topics. He regularly publishes op-eds in major newspapers and is frequently interviewed by major print and broadcast media. In addition, he provides public commentary on international law in the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and U.S. News & World Report,and on CNN, the BBC, and ABC News.