Harris Institute Ambassadors Program

Founded in 2007, the Harris Institute Ambassadors Program brings foreign service professionals to the law school to share their experiences and knowledge with the law school and university community. The Program draws current and retired professionals from the international diplomatic corps to provide students with a first-hand description of international law and policy in action. 

2015 Ambassador-in-Residence

Ambassador Louis B. Susman

H.E. Ambassador Louis Susman, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, taught a week-long course titled The Lawyer as Statesman at Washington University School of Law.  The course drew from his foreign service experience and used guided discussions, in-class assignments, in-depth reading assignments, short lectures, and tutorials to analyze related topics.  It also highlighted the many paths lawyers can take to pursue careers in the foreign service.  Ambassador Susman also held a fireside chat with Dean Nancy Staudt, the Howard & Caroline Cayne Professor of Law, during his visit.  The fireside chat included a wide range of topics such as the Syrian refugee crisis, the worldwide threat from ISIL, and the upcoming vote in Britain on whether to leave the European Union and provided students and the public an opportunity to ask a full range of questions.

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2014 Ambassador-in-Residence

Ambassador David Scheffer

Ambassador David Scheffer is the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues and author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals. He is currently the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and the Director of the Center for International Human Rights. He also serves as the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials.

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2012 Ambassadors-in-Residence

Ambassador Louis Susman

H.E. Ambassador Louis Susman served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Obama. He has extensive experience as a banker and lawyer and has long been active in the public sector. His lecture “The Enduring Value of the Rule of Law,” delivered on September 13 as part of the Harris Institute Speaker Series, makes the case for America's strong rule of law. 

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2009 Ambassadors-in-Residence

Stephen J. Rapp

Stephen J. Rapp of Iowa is Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. Appointed by President Obama, he was confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his duties on September 8, 2009. Ambassador Rapp delivered a lecture on the demands for accountability in international justice on Monday, November 2. [more]

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Ambassador Charles Stith

Ambassador Charles Stith discussed U.S.Africa relations in the Obama era on Wednesday, October 7.  Ambassador Charles Stith is the Director of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University. [more]

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Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi

Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, New York from 2004-2007 and is a Visiting Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law.  He delivered a lecture on the topic of trying Iraq's former political leadership on Tuesday, February 10. [more]

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2008 Ambassadors-in-Residence 

Carla A. Hills

Ambassador Carla A. Hills, former United States Trade Representative, delivered the 2007-08 Tyrrell Williams Lecture on “Trade and the 2008 Elections” on Thursday, February 7.   Ambassador Hills is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants, which advises companies on global trade and investment issues. She served as United States Trade Representative (1989-93) in the first Bush Administration. A member of President Bush’s cabinet, Ambassador Hills was the President’s principal adviser on international trade policy. [more]

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Thomas A. Schweich

Thomas A. Schweich, the State Department’s coordinator for counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, joined the law school in the summer of 2008 as an Ambassador-in-Residence. He also served as the government's principal deputy assistant secretary (PDAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). [more

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