Christine Keller

Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation, Dean Rusk International Law Center

A.B., University of Georgia
M.A., Stanford University
J.D., Santa Clara University
LL.M., Harvard University

Biographical Information: 

Christine Keller joined the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law in January 2018 and serves as associate director for global practice preparation. Her portfolio includes the administration of: global externships; the Global Governance Summer School, a four-decades-old summer study abroad offering; and other academic and research initiatives.

Between 2009 and 2017, Keller served first as an associate legal officer and then as a legal officer in Chambers at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Keller worked for the trial benches that heard the genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes charges against Zdravko Tolimir, the former assistant chief of intelligence and security of the Bosnian Serb Army, and Radovan Karadžić, the former president of the Bosnian Serb Republic. She also led a team of attorneys who provided judicial support on an aspect of Prlić et al., one of the ICTY’s largest appellate cases, which pertained to crimes committed by Bosnian Croats during the armed conflict.

Before joining the ICTY, Keller worked as an assistant legal officer to two successive judges of Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court. She provided research and drafting assistance on the Prosecutor’s applications for arrest warrants and summonses to appear, including support on a separate opinion on the application for an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

Keller began her post-graduate legal career as a law clerk in the appeals section of the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor, working on interlocutory appeals relating to victim participation. She also served as both a legal intern and consultant to the Center for Justice and Accountability, a San Francisco-based non governmental organization that litigates civil human rights cases in the United States. There, she researched and advised on topics such as European universal jurisdiction jurisprudence, human rights violations in Guatemala and Somalia, and modes of liability under the Alien Tort Statute.

Keller earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where her research pertained to international criminal procedure and evidence. While completing her J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law, Keller was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and a Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow, and she studied abroad in Germany and El Salvador. Keller also holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and she received an A.B. in Political Science with honors from UGA, where she was a member of the NCAA champion women's swim team. Keller is proficient in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.