Prof. Sadat Invited to Join Prestigious Council on Foreign Relations

Leila Nadya Sadat—the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute who recently served as the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair  at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris—was recently invited to become a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

“The Council is very influential, and it is a great honor to be selected,” Sadat said. “I am looking forward to participating in Council activities, and bringing my expertise in human rights and international criminal justice to CFR projects and activities.” 

Sadat will be in distinguished company. CFR’s ranks include top government officials, renowned scholars, business leaders, acclaimed journalists, prominent lawyers and distinguished non-profit professionals.  Other members include former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell, former Legal Advisors of the Department of State William Taft IV and John Bellinger, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Princeton Professor and former Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, NBC News anchor Brian Williams, and journalist and author Fareed Zakaria.  Members have unparalleled access to world leaders, senior government officials, members of Congress, and prominent thinkers.  The membership process is arduous, requiring four separate letters of nomination. 

An independent, nonpartisan membership organization, the CFR also includes a think tank, the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Composed of more than seventy full-time and adjunct fellows, the program covers the major regions and significant issues shaping today's international agenda. 

The Council also publishes Foreign Affairs magazine and disseminates its research and high-level discussions with world leaders through videos, audio-recordings, and unedited transcripts.

Sadat, a former member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, is known internationally for her work on crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. She is also one of the world’s leading experts on the International Criminal Court.