Grotius Lecture: "Should International Law Lead or Follow in Changing Times?"
Co-sponsored by American University Washington College of Law
Lecturer: Professor Antony Anghie, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Discussant: Anne Marie Slaughter, US Department of State
With over a century of tradition and experience behind it, ASIL's Annual Meeting has become the most important gathering in the field of international law. More than 1,000 practitioners, academics, and students travel to Washington, DC, each spring from all over the world to debate and discuss the latest developments in their field.
Tony Anghie, Samuel D. Thurman Professorship, received a B.A. (1986) and an LL.B. (1987) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He earned his S.J.D. (1995) at Harvard Law School, where he also served as a senior fellow from 1993 to 1995. Professor Anghie completed an internship with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. in 1994. His research interests include public international law, international commercial transactions and human rights. He practiced for several years in Australia in employment law, administrative law, and international law. Professor Anghie joined the S.J. Quinney College of Law faculty in 1995. He has taught at the University of Tokyo and the University of Auckland and he lectures frequently in Sri Lanka.
He teaches contracts, international law, international business transactions, and international environmental law.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the first woman director of policy planning for the US State Department. Slaughter was dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 to 2009 and a professor of international law at Harvard Law School from 1994 to 2002. She has written or edited six books, including The Idea that is America: Keeping Faith with our Values in a Dangerous World and A New World Order, and over 100 articles. She also writes for popular media and curates foreign policy news on Twitter.
Professor Antony Anghie explains how the events of 9/11 marked a sea change in America's stance on international law. Anghie cites the Bush Doctrine's preemptive actions against "rouge states" as a regression in U.S. international law policy, comparing it to campaigns against "uncivilized" states during the 19th century.
Body of legal rules, norms, and standards that apply between sovereign states and other entities that are legally recognized as international actors. The term was coined by the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Important elements of international law include sovereignty, recognition (which allows a country to honour the claims of another), consent (which allows for modifications in international agreements to fit the customs of a country), freedom of the high seas, self-defense (which ensures that measures may be taken against illegal acts committed against a sovereign country), freedom of commerce, and protection of nationals abroad. International courts, such as the International Court of Justice, resolve disputes on these and other matters, including war crimes. See alsoasylum; immunity.
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