Stuart Ford's academic interest is public international law, particularly
international criminal law and international criminal courts. He has published articles
on the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former
Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the responsibility to protect doctrine,
crimes against humanity, and genocide. His current research explores the cost, value, and
efficiency of international criminal tribunals, with the goal of improving their
functioning. He is a past Chair of the American Association of Law Schools' Section
on International Human Rights and the 2015 recipient of John Marshall’s Faculty Scholarly
Achievement Award. He spent the Summer of 2015 as a Visiting Professional at the
International Criminal Court where he helped the Office of the Prosecutor develop
performance metrics for its investigations and prosecutions. He teaches Civil Procedure,
Evidence, International Criminal Law, and International Organizations at John Marshall. 

Prior to joining John Marshall, Professor Ford worked as an Assistant Prosecutor at the
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), an international criminal
tribunal that was jointly established by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United
Nations to prosecute senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge for atrocities committed in
Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. He participated in the selection of crime sites and
suspects for investigation, conducted preliminary investigations, and participated in the
co-investigating judges' investigations. In addition, he represented the
Co-Prosecutors during the trial of Kaing Guek Eav, alias "Duch," the first
person to be tried by the ECCC. 

Prior to his work at the ECCC, Professor Ford worked for the Open Society Justice
Initiative, monitoring various aspects of the start-up of the ECCC, and wrote a number of
reports for various international organizations on the rule of law in Cambodia and the
impact of corruption. Before moving to Cambodia, he was an associate at Fulbright &
Jaworski in Minneapolis and Howrey Simon Arnold & White in Washington, DC. 

Professor Ford received an LLM in Public International Law and Armed Conflict, with
Distinction, from the University of Nottingham. He received his J.D., with honors, from
the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review and
Order of the Coif. He was also the recipient of the Robert S. Strauss Endowed
Presidential Scholarship in Law. 


Contributions to Books

How Much Money Does the ICC Need, The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court (2015)


How Special is the Special Court's Outreach Section?, The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (2014)

Forthcoming and Prepublication Versions


The Complexity of International Criminal Trials Is Necessary, JMLS Faculty Works In Progress Series (CLE) (2015)
Assessing the Effectiveness of the ICC, Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop (2015)
The Causes of Complexity in International Criminal Trials, American Society of International Law's Midwest Interest Group Workshop (2014)
The Causes of Complexity in International Criminal Trials, Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop (2014)