John Cerone

John Cerone

John Cerone is the Paul Martin Senior Professor in International Affairs and Law. He also holds a faculty appointment at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University). During the 2014-15 academic year, Professor Cerone was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Visiting Chair in Public International Law at Lund University Faculty of Law. In 2009, Professor Cerone was promoted to full-time professor and awarded tenure at the New England School of Law, where he also served as Director of New England’s Center for International Law & Policy. He teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law / the Law of Armed Conflict, and International Organizations.

As a practicing international lawyer, Professor Cerone has worked for a number of different intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group, and has served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. He has received the President’s Award of the Boston Bar Association for his legal work on Guantanamo Bay issues, which has included representing major international human rights organizations in detainee litigation before US courts and international human rights institutions.

He has lectured on human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and international criminal law at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo), the Inter-American Defense College, the Canadian Forces Staff College, the Swedish Defense University, NATO Headquarters, the Institut International des Droits de l'Homme, and in the ICRC Annual Course, and has been keynote speaker at the US Naval War College. He has taught in over 40 countries across all regions of the globe and is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters on international law, as well as the casebook Public International Law: Cases, Problems, and Texts (with Dinah Shelton and Stephen McCaffrey).

Currently Teaching

International Humanitarian Law (LAW-620-001)

Selected Works

Public International Law: Cases, Problems

Areas of Specialization

  • International/Comparative Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights/Humanitarian Law