Ambassador Morse Tan was appointed by President Trump to serve as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice in December 2019, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Ambassador Tan was serving as the youngest full Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where his areas of expertise included international criminal law, international human rights law, and constitutional law.
Ambassador Tan served as a Visiting Scholar at both the University of Texas Law School and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Ambassador Tan was a Founding Professor of the first American juris doctor program in Asia at Handong International Law School in South Korea. He completed the Emerging Leaders program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and was selected as Korean-American of the Year by the Korean-American Society of Chicago.
Ambassador Tan wrote the book North Korea, International Law and the Dual Crises: Narrative and Constructive Engagement (Routledge) and has written a number of law review articles on subjects such as North Korea, international humanitarian law, and the Inter-American Court for Human Rights in journals at Cornell, University of Texas, and Yale.
A National Merit Scholar, Ambassador Tan earned his B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law with a concentration in international law. He is fluent in Korean and Spanish, and accomplished in cello as well as tennis.