The Arthur C. Helton Institute for the Study of International Social Service, a program of ISS-USA funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, is named for Arthur C. Helton, who, at the time of his death in the bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Baghdad, was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISS-USA. His work as a renowned lawyer and scholar will be continued at the Institute through the development of an intellectual center to provide education and training on issues that affect vulnerable children separated from the care of their families across international borders. The official dedication and launching of the Arthur C. Helton Institute for the Study of International Social Service took place in the new offices of International Social Service-United States of America Branch on October 18, 2007.
Arthur’s Areas of Expertise:
- Human rights;
- Refugee and asylum policy;
- Complex emergencies;
- Crisis prevention;
- International law and organizations.
Select Professional Experience:
- Founded and directed the Forced Migration Projects at the Open Society Institute in New York (1994-99);
- Directed the Refugee Project of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (1982-94);
- Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Law School (2001-2003);
- Visiting Professor, International Relations and European Studies Program, Central European University (1997-2000);
- Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law (1986-99).
- Distinction in International Law and Affairs by the New York State Bar Association;
- Immigration and Refugee Policy Award by the Center for Migration Studies;
- The President of the Republic of the Philippines’ Ninoy Aquino Refugee Recognition Award;
- NYU Law Alumni Association’s Public Interest Award.
Arthur C. Helton wrote over 80 scholarly articles and contributed to several books concerning refugees and the displaced, including "Rescuing the Refugees" in Foreign Affairs (March/April 2002). Has published opinion pieces and letters to the editor in several major newspapers including "Refugees in Europe", The New York Times, June 5, 2002 (letter). He authored The Price of Indifference: Refugees and Humanitarian Action in the New Century, (Oxford University Press, 2002).
In addition to his humanitarian, legal and academic work Arthur was an accomplished author. He wrote over 80 articles and papers and his final book was entitled The Price of Indifference- Refugees and Humanitarian Action in the New Century. The following link to the Council on Foreign Relations provides a partial bibliography of Arthur’s works: http://www.cfr.org/bios/bio.html?id=1202