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NIU Law Professor Morse Tan Selected for Emerging Leaders Program
By Chicago Council on Global Affairs

July 26, 2016

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law Professor Morse Tan has been chosen to participate in the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 2017 Emerging Leaders Program. The story has also been picked up by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Founded in 1922, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs “is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.”

This marks the first time anyone affiliated with NIU has been selected for this prestigious program. The 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, by James McGann, Director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania named the Chicago Council of Global Affairs the number one world-wide Think Tank to Watch among 100 institutions “honored for their excellent research advances within the past 24 months.”

Professor Tan and the rest of the members from the Class of 2017 join a prestigious group of thought leaders. Previous participants have included Marshall Scholars, a White House Fellow, CEO’s, leaders of major non-profit organizations, governmental leaders, and leaders of multinational law firms.

A Supreme Court Fellowship finalist, Professor Tan’s scholarship has been received by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State who led negotiations with North Korea. Tan has served as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Human Rights Journal and the International Negotiation Journal, with published works in a number of law journals and periodicals.

At NIU College of Law, Tan teaches courses in International Law, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, and a North Korean Seminar - as well as serving as faculty advisor for the school’s International Law Certificate Program. He recently published a book entitled North Korea, International Law and the Dual Crises (A Narrative and Constructive Engagement) by Routledge Press. The book examines North Korea’s history of human rights violations and recent developments in its military arsenal, including cyber-nuclear threats.


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