Oct 22, 2012
6:00pm - 7:00pm    |    Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York,

The next Leaders in Public Interest Series event is a panel discussion entitled “Pathways to Employment in International Law” and is scheduled for Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall.  A short reception will follow that will give students an opportunity to speak with certain panelists one-on-one.  The event is co-sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU.

For details about the panelists, please see below.


Santiago Villalpando – Legal Officer, Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York

Santiago Villalpando is a legal officer in the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations in New York, with a special focus on the work of the UN Sixth (Legal) Committee and the UN International Law Commission (ILC).  He previously worked as a legal officer in the International Court of Justice.  A citizen of Argentina, he has a doctorate in international law from the IUHEI in Geneva, which was published as a prize-winning book in 2005, L’émergence de la communauté internationale dans la responsabilité des Etats (“The Emergence of the International Community in State Responsibility”.)   He has published numerous scholarly articles on international law topics.   He teaches a seminar on “Treaties and Responsibility: Selected Topics in the Current Work of the United Nations International Law Commission,” and advises students on ILC internship papers and career matters.

Carol Pollack ‘01 – Social Affairs Officer, Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Division for Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Ms. Carol Pollack is a Social Affairs Officer at the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD), located within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Prior to joining SCRPD in June 2011, Ms. Pollack served with the United Nations Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, where she focused on a range of human rights issues facing indigenous peoples. She worked previously as a researcher for Amnesty International and as an Associate in the human rights division of the Ford Foundation. Earlier experiences included clerking at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and conducting legal and fieldwork for organizations working to secure recognition of indigenous land rights in Ecuador and Nicaragua. Ms. Pollack is from New York, USA and has a law degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law, with a specialization in public international law.

William O’Neill ‘83, Program Director, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)

William O’Neill is a lawyer specializing in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law.   He was Senior Advisor on Human Rights in the UN Mission in Kosovo, Chief of the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda and led the Legal Department of the UN/OAS Mission in Haiti. He has worked on judicial, police and prison reform in Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Timor Leste, Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  He investigated mass killings in Afghanistan for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  He also conducted an assessment of the human rights situation in Darfur and trained the UN’s human rights monitors stationed there.

At the request of the UN’s Executive Committee on Peace and Security, he chaired a Task Force on Developing Rule of Law Strategies in Peace Operation.  He has created and delivered courses on human rights, rule of law and peacekeeping for several peacekeeping training centers whose participants have included senior military, police and humanitarian officials from dozens of countries.   He has published widely on rule of law, human rights and peacekeeping, including, Kosovo:  An Unfinished Peace and Protecting Two Million Displaced: The Successes and Shortcomings of the African Union in Darfur. In the spring of 2008, O’Neill was visiting professor of law and international relations at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy


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