EvelynAswad Nov 2013-2-preferredUniversity of Oklahoma’s Professor Evelyn Mary Aswad will receive World Experiences Foundation’s Global Citizen Award in Politics/Law at the 2017 Global Citizen Awards Gala on Saturday, September 9 at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City.

Evelyn Mary Aswad is a Professor of Law and the Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  She is also the founder and director of the College’s Center for International Business & Human Rights, which is the first center of its kind at a U.S. law school.  The Center’s mission is to prepare College of Law students to address the growing human rights challenges faced by U.S. companies operating abroad and to provide academic think tank expertise to influence positively contemporary international business and human rights issues.  Professor Aswad also provides advice on human rights matters to the U.S. Department of State through her service on its Advisory Committee on International Law as well as its Stakeholder Advisory Board on matters of responsible business conduct abroad.  During the last four years she served on the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy Through Law, which is an expert body that issued opinions on a variety of human rights and rule of law matters with regard to countries in Europe and the Middle East.  As a College of Law professor, she has also spoken about her human rights law research at venues ranging from the United Nations in Geneva to Stanford University in Palo Alto.

Professor Aswad has brought numerous senior officials from the United Nations, NATO, the U.S. State Department, and international human rights groups to speak at OU Law and has taken her students to international law and human rights meetings in Central America, Europe, and Washington, DC.  She has created a variety of cutting edge international law courses, including a course in which students provided academic research assistance to non-governmental organizations that help vulnerable communities in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.  She also led a group of students in conducting a pro bono legal research project about ISIS atrocities occurring in Syria and Iraq.  She has helped her students obtain internships at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and with international NGOs. Professor Aswad was named outstanding faculty member by the College of Law’s student body in 2014 and received the university-wide Boren Award for Global Engagement in 2016.  

Prior to joining OU, Professor Aswad worked at the U.S. Department of State for about 14 years, most recently as the director of the legal office for human rights and refugee matters.  She served as the legal adviser for U.S. government delegations to numerous international negotiations at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  She also taught international human rights law and multilateral negotiation techniques to U.S. diplomats at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.  In addition, she taught international courses at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as well as its Law Center as an adjunct professor while she was living in Washington, D.C.

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