Ronald C. Slye

Professor of Law
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 460
(206) 398-4045


B.A., Columbia University, 1984
M. Phil., University of Cambridge, 1985
J.D., Yale Law School, 1989


International Criminal Law
International Law of Human Rights
Poverty Law
Public International Law
Transitional Justice


Property (PROP-100-1)


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, a founding member of the Law and Peace Practice Group (the world's first dedicated advisory service on the challenge of balancing legal security and justice issues in relation to negotiated transitions out of war or authoritarianism). 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 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.



The Kenyan TJRC: An Outsider's View from the Inside (Cambridge University Press, 2018) 

The Nuremberg Principles in Non-Western Societies: A Reflection on their Universality, Legitimacy and Application (International Nuremberg Principles Academy 2017) (editor and introduction)

International Criminal Law and Its Enforcement, 3rd ed. (Foundation Press, 2014) (with van Schaack)

Essentials: International Criminal Law(Aspen , 2008) (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).

Book Chapters

Putting the J into the TRC: Kenya's Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission, in Mia Swart and Karin van Marie, eds. Twenty Years On: Other Ways of Being and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Brill Publishing 2017)

Reflections on Africa and International Criminal Law, in Ronald Slye, ed. The Nuremberg Principles in Non-Western Societies: A Reflection on their Universality, Legitimacy and Application (International Nuremberg Principles Academy, 2017)

A Limited Amnesty? Insights from Cambodia, in Leigh A. Payne and Francesca Lessa, eds. Amnesty in the Age of Human Rights Accountability: Comparative and International Perspectives (2012)

Immunities and Amnesties, in Max du Plessis, ed., African Guide to International Criminal Justice (Institute for Security Studies, 2008)

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 Reviews

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, 33 Bklyn J. Intl 955 (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 (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).