Short bios posted here in December. Click individual faculty names for more information.
Sara Sun Beale (B.A., J.D., University of Michigan). Ms. Beale teaches first year criminal law and upper class courses in federal criminal law, criminal procedure, and appellate practice. Her principal academic interests concern the federal government's role in the criminal justice system. She is the co-author of Federal Criminal Law and Related Actions: Crimes, Forfeiture, the False Claims and RICO, Grand Jury Law and Practice, and Federal Criminal Law and Its Enforcement, as well as scores of articles. Ms. Beale has been active in law reform efforts related to the federal government's role in criminal justice matters. Since 2005, she has served as the reporter for the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, which drafts the procedural rules that govern federal criminal cases. She has served as an associate reporter for the Workload Subcommittee of the Federal Courts Study Committee (where much of her work focused on the Sentencing Guidelines) and as the reporter for a three branch federal-state working group convened by Attorney General Janet Reno to consider the principles that should govern the federalization of criminal law. Ms. Beale also served as a member of an American Bar Association task force studying the federalization of criminal law. She has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on six occasions, representing the United States and as appointed counsel for an indigent defendant. Ms. Beale clerked for Judge Wade H. McCree, Jr. on the Sixth Circuit, and served in the Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice before joining the Duke Law School faculty in 1979.
Christian Bovet (LL.M., Columbia University). Mr. Bovet is full professor at the University of Geneva Law School, where he served as dean from 2007-12. Prior to joining the faculty in 1998, he practiced law for several years as a partner in a Geneva business law firm. After receiving his LL.M. degree in 1988, he worked for over a year as a foreign associate with the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He was appointed to the Swiss telecommunications regulator (ComCom) in 1999 and served as its vice-chairman from 2005-11. Between 2009-11, Mr. Bovet co-chaired the working group in charge of proposing amendments to Swiss competition law. He currently chairs the council of the Walther Hug Foundation, which every year rewards the best Swiss doctoral theses in law and periodically honors outstanding law professors. He sits on the board of the Swiss Banking Ombudsman Foundation.
Marco Sassoli (Doctor of Laws, University of Basel). Mr. Sassoli is professor of international law and director of the Department of public international law and international organization at the University of Geneva. From 2001-03, he was professor of international law at the University of Quebec, where he remains associate professor. Mr. Sassoli is a member of the Swiss Bar and has worked for 13 years for the International Committee of the Red Cross at the headquarters, inter alia as deputy head of its legal division, and in the Middle East and the Balkans. During a sabbatical in 2011, he again joined the ICRC, at its delegation in Pakistan. He has also served as registrar at the Swiss Supreme Court. From 2004-13, he chaired the board of Geneva Call, an NGO with the objective to engage armed non-State actors to adhere to humanitarian norms and he is presently commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. Mr. Sassoli has published on international humanitarian law, human rights law, international criminal law, international law and private actors, the sources of international law, state responsibility and Swiss constitutional law.
Scott Silliman (B.A., J.D., University of North Carolina). Mr. Silliman is a Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke Law School, as well as a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review. In addition, he served as Executive Director of Duke's Center on Law, Ethics and National Security from its inception in 1993 until July 2011, and now serves as its Director Emeritus. He served for 25 years as an Air Force judge advocate, retiring in the grade of colonel just prior to taking his position with the Center in 1993. As the senior attorney for Tactical Air Command during the Persian Gulf War, and later as Air Combat Command's senior attorney, he has extensive experience in operational law. He is widely sought throughout the United States as a guest lecturer on the Law of War, and is a frequent commentator on CNN, National Public Radio and other national and international radio and television news programs on issues involving military law and national security.