Allen S. Weiner is the inaugural Warren Christopher Professor of the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy, a chair held jointly by the Stanford Institute for International Studies and Stanford Law School, and associate professor of law (Teaching) at the Law School. His expertise is in the field of public international law and the foreign relations law of the United Stares. His focus is on the effect of international law on the conduct of foreign relations and the behavior of states, courts (both national and international), and other international actors. Current areas of research interest include the use of force in response to contemporary security threats, the influence of international law norms on U.S. foreign policy decision-making, international criminal tribunals; and universal jurisdiction and the enforcement of international law norms in national courts. Before coming to Stanford, Professor Weiner served for 12 years as a career attorney in the U.S. Department of State. He served in the Office of the Legal Adviser in Washington, D.C. (19901996) and at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague (19962001), most recently as Legal Counselor, in which capacity he served as the U.S. Government's principal day-to-day interlocutor with the international legal institutions in The Hague, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the IranUnited States Claims Tribunal. Professor Weiner received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Professor Weiner's Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights as part of the series Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention.