B.A., Columbia University, 1984
M. Phil., University of Cambridge, 1985
J.D., Yale Law School, 1989
International Law of Human Rights
Public International Law
- International Criminal Law (CRIM-380-A)
- International Law and Religious Traditions (INTL-395-A)
Ronald C. Slye
Professor of Law
Professor Slye teaches, writes, and consults in the areas of public international law, international criminal law, transitional justice, and international human rights law. Most recently, from August 2009 to August 2013 he was chosen by Kofi Annan to be one of three international Commissioners for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. He is a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, and was an international consultant to the South African Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission. At Seattle University he previously served as Director of the Law School's International and Comparative Programs, the Center for Global Justice, and the Global Justice in South Africa summer program, which he helped to create.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Slye was an assistant professor and Robert Cover Fellow in the clinical program at Yale Law School, where he taught an interdisciplinary transactional clinical course focusing on homelessness and housing, as well as immigration law and poverty law. He also served as associate director of Yale's Orville H. Schell, Jr., Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School and taught in Yale's international human rights law clinic. Professor Slye was a visiting professor at the Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa from 1996-97 and, while there, served as legal consultant to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He is currently writing a book on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its amnesty process, and a book on the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission.
Essentials: International Criminal Law (Aspen , forthcoming 2007) (with van Schaack).
International Criminal Law & Its Enforcement (Foundation Press, 2007) (with Van Schaack).
Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (ed. 1999).
International Human Rights Law & Practice (1998) (with R. Falk, E. Koren, F. Martin, S. Schnably, J. Simon, R. Wilson).
Homes for the Homeless: A Handbook for Action (1990) (with Adam Berger and Hiram Chodosh).
Amnesties, International Crimes and the ICC, in The Investigation and Prosecution of “Core International Crimes” and the Role of the International Criminal Court in Africa (Max du Plessis and Antoinette Louw, eds., Institute for Security Studies 2007).
Refugee Jurisprudence, Crimes against Humanity and Customary International Law, in Human Rights and Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Migrant Workers: Essays in Honour of Joan Fitzpatrick and Arthur Helton” (Anne Bayefsky ed., Brill Academic Publishers 2006); and in Anne Bayefsky, ed., Human Rights and Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and Migrant Workers: Essays in Honour of Joan Fitzpatrick and Arthur Helton (Brill Academic Publishers, 2005).
The Cambodian Amnesties: Beneficiaries and the Temporal Reach of Amnesties for Gross Violation of Human Rights, in Bringing the Khmer Rouge to Justice: Prosecuting Mass Violence before the Cambodian Courts (Jaya Ramji & Beth van Schaack eds., Mellen Press 2005).
The International Criminal Court, in Pieces of the Puzzle: Keywords on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice (Villa-Vicencio and Doxtrader, eds., Institute for Justice and Reconciliation 2004).
Recommendations for the United Nations and International NGOs, in The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different But Equal (2003).
The Amnesty Process, in Truths Drawn in Jest (2000).
Amnesty, Truth, and Reconciliation: Reflections on the South African Amnesty Process, in Truth Versus Justice: The Moral Efficacy of Truth Commissions in South Africa and Beyond (2000).
Amnesty and Justice, in Looking Back/Reaching Forward: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa (2000).
Introduction, in Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (1999).
World Order, in World Encyclopedia of International Peace (1999) (with Mendlovitz).
World Order Models, in World Encyclopedia of International Peace (1999) (with Mendlovitz).
Book Review, 14 Law & Pol. Book Rev. 567 (2004) (reviewing Mgbeoji Ikechi, Collective Insecurity: The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism and Global Order (2003)).
Appreciating Silence, 4 Human Rights and Human Welfare 45 (2004) (reviewing Fiona Ross, Bearing Witness: Women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (2002)).
Book Review, 12 Law & Pol. Book Rev. 74 (2002) (reviewing Michael J. Glennon, Limits of Law, Prerogatives of Power: Interventionism After Kosovo (2001)).
Corporations, Veils, and International Criminal Liability, __ Bklyn J. Int’l L. ____ (2008)
The Cambodian Amnesties: Beneficiaries and the Temporal Reach of Amnesties for Gross Violation of Human Rights, 22 Wis. Int’l L. J. 99 (2004).
International Decisions: Republic of South Africa v. Grootboom and Minister of Health v. Treatment Action Campaign, 97 Am. J. Int’l L. 669 (2003).
The Legitimacy of Amnesties Under International Law and General Principles of Anglo-American law: Is a Legitimate Amnesty Possible?, 43 Va. J. Int'l Law 173 (2002).
International Law, Human Rights Beneficiaries, and South Africa: Some Thoughts on the Utility of International Human Rights Law, 2 Chi. J. Int'l Law 59 (2001).
Apartheid As a Crime Against Humanity: A Submission to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 20 Mich. J. Int'l Law 267 (1999).
The Truth About the Truth Commission, South African Review of Books, available at http://www.uni-ulm.de/~rturrell/sarobnewhtml/sly.html (1999).
Socio-economic Rights and the South African transition: The Role of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1 Law, Democracy, and Dev. 137 (1997).
Weapons, Wars, and Deaths: A Problematique, 15 Social Alternatives 13 (1996).
The Dayton Peace Agreement: Constitutionalism and Ethnicity, 21 Yale J. Intl Law 459 (1996).
Human Rights in Theory and Practice: A Review of On Human Rights, 18 Fordham Intl L.J. 1566 (1995).
Remarks in "Broadening access to international law resources through new technology," Proceedings of the 89th Annual Meeting of The American Society of International Law 14 (1995).
DIANA: A Human Rights Database, 16 Hum. Rts. Q. 753 (1994) (with Nicholas D. Finke, Taylor Fitchett, & Harold Hongju Koh).
Environmental Review of Facilities For the Homeless in New York, 3 Envtl L. Rev. in N.Y. 177 (1992).
Community Institution Building: A Response To the Limits of Litigation, 36 Vill. L. Rev. 1035 (1991).
Revitalizing Public Interest Lawyering in the 1990s: The Story of One Effort to Address the Problem of Homelessness, 34 How. L.J. 91 (1991) (with Rebecca Arbogast, Roger L. Barnett, and Leslie Kim Treiger).
October 28, 2016
Professor Ron Slye calls for national healing after a divisive presidential election.
July 18, 2016
Professor Ron Slye says a truth & reconciliation commission for the U.S. could bring racial healing.
September 09, 2015
Professor Ron Slye comments on the state of journalism in Kenya.
August 10, 2015
Professor Ronald Slye makes the case for a truth and reconciliation commission in the United States to cope with lingering social wounds from slavery.
July 24, 2015
Professor Ron Slye urges President Obama to address "Kenya's persistent legacy of impunity with respect to gross violations of human rights and corruption."
July 24, 2015
The U.N. is notoriously bad about internal accountability, Professor Ron Slye explains in this story about the rape of an aid worker at a refugee camp.