Todd F. Buchwald

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Todd F. Buchwald

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Todd F. Buchwald formerly served as Ambassador and Special Coordinator in the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice from December 2015 through July 2017. Prior to assuming these positions, Mr. Buchwald served in a variety of government positions as a career lawyer in the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, including as the Assistant Legal Adviser for Political-Military Affairs during the Clinton and Bush Administrations, as Assistant Legal Adviser for United Nations Affairs during the Bush and Obama Administrations, and as an as an attorney in the Office of White House Counsel under President Reagan. During his time in government, he was the recipient of numerous Presidential Rank Awards, Superior Honor Awards, and State Department performance awards, as well as recipient of the Federal Bar Association’s Justice Tom C. Clark Award as outstanding career attorney in the federal government.

Following his departure from the State Department, he was appointed the inaugural Tom A. Bernstein Genocide Prevention Fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, served as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and co-chaired (with Beth van Schaack) the American Society of International Law Task Force that produced the report on Policy Options for U.S. Engagement with the International Criminal Court.  More recently, Mr. Buchwald was elected in October 2021 to a four-year term as a member of the U.N. Committee Against Torture, in which he presently serves. He also is currently serving as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School, and a visiting professor at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service in College Station.  He has published a variety of scholarly articles, including on the legality of use of force in Iraq, United States security assistance programs, and the ICC crime of aggression.

Mr. Buchwald is a graduate of Cornell University and the Yale Law School.

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