Taylor named Harris Institute executive director

B. Don Taylor III, J.D., has been named executive director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Cash Nickerson Fellow at the School of Law.

“Don Taylor’s extensive practical experience and scholarship in the areas of international criminal tribunals and courts will be a wonderful addition to the work of the Harris Institute,” said Leila N. Sadat, J.D., the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Harris World Law Institute.

“I am grateful for the support of Whitney Harris and of alumnus Steven Cash Nickerson in helping us attract such an outstanding candidate,” Sadat said.

Taylor comes to the law school after spending three years as a legal officer in Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. During his tenure, he also worked on cases in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Taylor focuses his research on international criminal law with a special emphasis on international criminal procedure, as developed and applied by international criminal courts and tribunals.

He is a member of the editorial board of the Leiden Journal of International Law and a member of the International Criminal Procedure Expert Framework, established by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law. He has published several works on the procedural law of the ad hoc international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court.

Taylor has taught at the law faculty of VU University Amsterdam. He practiced as a prosecutor in Arizona from 1996- 2005 before relocating to the Netherlands.

He earned a juris doctoris from the University of Arizona in 1995 and a master of laws degree from Leiden University in 2006.