Law and Peace Practice Group / Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law

Ron Slye

Professor Slye is a Professor of Law at the Seattle University School of Law.  He is an internationally-recognised expert in international criminal law, transitional justice, and international human rights law, and is co-author of a best-selling casebook in the United States, International Criminal Law and Its Enforcement (Foundation Press). He taught in the clinical program at the Yale Law School and served as the Associate Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School.

Professor Slye has represented victims of human rights violations before US federal courts under the Alien Tort Claims Act, and before various UN human rights bodies.  He has provided advice to countries in their efforts to address a legacy of gross violations of human rights, including Tunisia, Colombia, Burundi, and Uganda.  He is a legal advisor and board member of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which has addressed the legacy of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge.  He was a legal consultant to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1996 to 2000.  From 2009 to 2013, Professor Slye served as one of three international commissioners (and the only commissioner not from Africa) on the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission. 

Professor Slye received his B.A. from Columbia University, his M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and his J.D. from the Yale Law School.