A graduate of both the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis and Olin Business School, Steven Cash Nickerson currently serves on the International Council of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. For his contributions to the Harris Institute’s Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, Steven Cash Nickerson received Washington University’s Global Philanthropy Award. His support of the initiative includes funding for the Forging a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity conference held in March 2010, as well as the Harris Institute Cash Nickerson Fellows program.
Established in November, 2000 as the Washington University School of Law Institute for Global Legal Studies, the organization was later renamed the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. From August, 1945 until October, 1946, the institute’s honorary namesake prosecuted German war criminals at the International Military Tribuanl in Nuremberg, Germany; in the years following, he continued to advocate for the legal resolution of matters concerning international justice.
Following in the footsteps of Mr. Harris’s work, the institute serves as a center for international and comparative law research and education, and is committed to the development of solutions to global problems through international cooperation and promotion of the rule of law. Since its inception, the Harris Institute has supported over 20 international law conferences and sponsored more than 75 speakers. Projects operated by the institute include the Ambassadors-in-Residence Program, the International Humanitarian Law Project, and the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative.
Leila Nadya Sadat, director of the Harris Institute since 2007, introduced the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative (CAHI) in 2008. The CAHI was created to bring together international law experts to draft a proposal for a convention during which a new multilateral treaty for the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity could be adopted. The drafting of the CAHI convention proposal was aided by research conducted by the Cash Nickerson Fellows on worldwide wartime atrocities committed between 1900 and 2009. In 2011 the CAHI convention proposal was published, and the CAHI now concentrates its efforts on a global awareness campaign about the need for such a convention to be convoked and a treaty ratified.