The International Criminal Court and the United States
John B. Bellinger III lead a seminar on the International Criminal Court and the US at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 in 012 Bendheim Hall.
Bellinger (WWS '82) served as Legal Adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from April 2005 to January 2009, having previously managed her Senate confirmation and co-directed her State Department transition team. As Legal Adviser, he directed a staff of 180 lawyers who advised the Secretary of State, US Ambassadors, and the State Department on US and international law applicable to US foreign policy. During trips to eighteen countries, Bellinger represented the United States before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, negotiated a number of treaties and international agreements, and promoted an active dialogue with US allies and international organizations on human rights and international humanitarian law issues.
Prior to his appointment as Legal Adviser, Bellinger served as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House, where he was Rice's principal lawyer when she was National Security Adviser. He previously served as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department during the Clinton Administration (1997-2001), as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1996), and as Special Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster (1988-1991).