David Caron, University of California, Berkeley Law Lucy Reed, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Edith Brown Weiss, Georgetown Law Center Charles N. Brower, 20 Essex Street Chambers Rosalyn Higgins, Former President of the International Court of Justice John Jackson, Georgetown University Russell LaMotte, Beveridge & Diamond LLP Andreas Lowenfeld, New York University Law School Theodor Meron, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Hari Osofsky, Washington and Lee University School of Law Michael Reisman, Yale Law School Stephen M. Schwebel, former President, International Court of Justice Allen Weiner, Stanford Law School
Charles N. Brower
Judge Charles N. Brower's 48-year career in the law has combined extensive practice at the bar with distinguished public service, both national and international, concentrating during more than 25 years in the fields of public international law and international dispute resolution.
Judge Brower has served as President of the American Society of International Law, Governor of the American Bar Association, Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and on the Executive Council of the International Law Association. He has published and spoken around the world on international law and international dispute resolution. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (Jesus College and the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law) and has been selected as John A. Ewald, Jr. Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2009 Judge Brower has been awarded the American Society of International Law's prestigious Manley O. Hudson Medal for "pre-eminent scholarship and achievement in international law . . . without regard to nationality," which honor has been bestowed on 29 persons, including 10 non-American citizens, during the 53 years since it was created. In 2010 Judge Brower has received the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award from the University of California's Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in recognition of "his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of international law."
David D. Caron is C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley Law. He currently teaches public international law, resolution of private international disputes, ocean law and policy, and the advanced international law writing workshop.
Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1987, Caron practiced with the San Francisco firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro. From 1985 to 1986, he was a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law. A Fulbright scholar and former navigator and salvage diver in the U.S. Coast Guard, Caron graduated from Boalt in 1983. He then served as a legal assistant to Judges Richard Mosk and Charles Brower at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.
Dame Rosalyn Higgins
Rosalyn Higgins is the former President of the International Court of Justice.
Higgins was the first female judge to be appointed to the ICJ and was elected President in 2006.
On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education.
Russell LaMotte practices in the area of international and U.S. environmental, climate change, and oceans law. As co-chair of the Beveridge & Diamond's International Environmental Practice Group, he represents clients in matters relating to international environmental and oceans-related regulatory regimes, and advises clients on multi-jurisdictional product compliance regulatory matters. He also serves as co-chair of the firm's Climate Change Practice Group, where he advises clients on both the emerging U.S. climate change regimes and the evolving international climate change framework.
Mr. LaMotte served for over ten years as an international lawyer at the U.S. Department of State, where he was most recently Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser, and where he represented the U.S. Government in either designing, negotiating or implementing most of the major environmental and oceans agreements and initiatives. He has extensive experience with complex international dispute resolution and the legal aspects of the United Nations and other international organizations.
Andreas F. Lowenfeld is Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at NYU Law. He earned an A.B. in History from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1951, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1955.
He was appointed Professor of Law in 1967, Charles L. Denison Professor of Law in 1981-94, and Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law in 1994. Professor Lowenfeld was awarded the Manley O. Hudson Medal by the American Society of International Law in 2007.
Theodor Meron was the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) until 2005, and now serves as a judge on the Appeals Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the ICTY.
Born in Kalisz, Poland, Judge Meron received his legal education at the Hebrew University (M.J.), Harvard Law School (LL.M., J.S.D.) and Cambridge University (Diploma in Public International Law). Since 1977, he has been a Professor of International Law and, since 1994, the holder of the Charles L. Denison Chair at New York University School of Law. In 2000-2001, he served as Counselor on International Law in the U.S. Department of State.
Hari Osofsky is an associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. She received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. She also is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. After clerking for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she worked as a Fellow at Center for the Law in the Public Interest, with a focus on environmental justice advocacy. In 2001â€“02, she served as a Yale-China Legal Education Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Sun Yat-sen University School of Law, where she taught U.S. Civil Rights Law and helped the school launch its clinical legal education program.
In 2003â€“04, she was a non-residential fellow with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs and engaged in a project on international environmental rights. She has also taught at University of Oregon School of Law (assistant professor), Whittier Law School (assistant professor; inaugural director of Center for International and Comparative Law), Loyola Law Schoolâ€“Los Angeles (adjunct), and Vermont Law School (visiting assistant professor).
Lucy F. Reed
Lucy F. Reed is a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, LLP. Reed is a specialist in international commercial arbitration, particularly in investment treaty disputes. As an arbitrator, she has served on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and as co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (the Holocaust tribunal).
Ms. Reed is one of five attorneys nationwide to be named a tier one international arbitration practitioner by Chambers USA (2006). In 2001, she lectured on private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law.
Ms. Reed was the first general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the U.S. State Department, was the U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and deputy assistant legal adviser for international claims and investment disputes. She received her BA magna cum laude from Brown University and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School (1977), where she was a member of the Law Review.
W. Michael Reisman
W. Michael Reisman is Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has been on the faculty since 1965. He has been a visiting professor in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Basel, Paris, and Geneva. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a former member of its Executive Council. He is the President of the Arbitration Tribunal of the Bank for International Settlements.
Professor Reisman has published widely in the area of international law and he has served as arbitrator and counsel in many international cases. His most recent books are Foreign Investment Disputes: Cases, Materials and Commentary (with Bishop and Crawford); and International Law in Contemporary Perspective (with Arsanjani, Wiessner & Westerman). Professor Reisman received his LL.B. from Hebrew University and his LL.M. and J.S.D from Yale.
Stephen M. Schwebel is an American jurist and expert on international law.
He is best known for delivering dissenting opinions in the case of Nicaragua v. United States and in the pair of Libya v. United Kingdom and Libya v. United States Lockerbie (Preliminary Objections) cases, which were discontinued in 2003.
Allen Weiner is Co-Director of the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law and Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.
Weiner is an international lawyer with expertise in international and national security law, the law of war, international conflict resolution, and international criminal law (including transitional justice). His scholarship focuses on international law and the response to the contemporary security threats of international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. His work also explores the relationship between international law and the invocation of domestic â€œwar powersâ€ in connection with the U.S. response to terrorism, as well as the role of legal norms in the resolution of international conflict.
He practiced international law in the U.S. Department of State for more than a decade advising government policymakers, negotiating international agreements, and representing the United States in litigation before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Court of Justice, and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.
Edith Brown Weiss
Edith Brown Weiss is Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown Law and Co-Director of the Joint Degree in Law and Government program at Georgetown Law.
Professor Brown Weiss is highly active in the areas of public international, environmental, and water resources law. In September 2002 she was appointed to the 3-member Inspection Panel of the World Bank and from 2003-2007 served as the President of the Inspection Panel, an appointment at the Vice-Presidential level. Her past professional experience includes positions as Associate General Counsel for International Activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1990-92, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Politics at Princeton University, and Research Associate at Columbia University and the Brookings Institution.
Her numerous professional activities in both international and environmental law have included positions as President of the American Society of International Law, April 1994-96, chair of the Committee for Research in Global Environmental Change of the Social Science Research Council, 1989-94, U.S. Special Legal Advisor to the North American Commission on the Environment 1996-2002, and elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Commission on Environmental Law of the IUCN, where she is a member of the Steering Committee. She has been a member of the National Academy of Science's Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources, NAS Water Science and Technology Board, the NAS/Israel, Jordan, Palestinian Territories Panel on Sustainable Water Supplies in the Middle East, and the NAS Environmental Studies Board. She served on the Board of Directors of the Japanese Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Advisory Council of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Council of Advisors to the Cousteau Society, and on the Board of Trustees for the Center for International Environmental Law.
Professor Brown Weiss is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law; Journal of International Economic Law; and International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics; and is the faculty adviser to the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.
She has published numerous articles in international and environmental law, and is the author of many books, including Fresh Water and International Economic Law (co-author, 2005), Reconciling Environment and Trade (co-author, 2001), Engaging Countries: Strengthening Compliance with International Environmental Accords (co-author, 1998), International Environmental Law and Policy (co-author 1998, 2007), and In Fairness to Future Generations: International Law, Common Patrimony, and Intergenerational Equity (1989), which received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1990 from the American Society of International Law, and has been published in French, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese.
In 2003, Professor Brown Weiss received the ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy, in 1994 the Elizabeth Haub Prize for international environmental law given by the Free University of Brussels and the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL), and in 1996 the Prominent Women in International Law Award from the American Society of International Law.
David Caron, the new president of the American Society of International Law, shares an anecdote from his first year of law school. He emphasizes the boldness he exhibited in the story and promises to draw on that lesson during his tenure.
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.