Michael Douglas's career in theatre, film and television has exemplified excellence for over forty years. He has won three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards; first as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role in Wall Street. He has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect relevant public concerns, often including legal issues, including "The China Syndrome," "Falling Down," "Traffic," "Fatal Attraction," "The War of the Roses," "Basic Instinct" and "The American President." He received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Mr. Douglas has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace for over a decade focusing on nuclear non-proliferation and the control of small arms.Mr. Douglas is married to the Academy Award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and is the son of the actor Kirk Douglas.The Section of International Law is privileged to present this Showcase Event as part of a successful series of dialogues on international law and policy that has included inspiring discussions with other exceptional individuals, including Jane Goodall, Theodore Sorensen, Robert McNamara and Bob Geldof. "
Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards; as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role in Wall Street. Douglas received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2009. He is the eldest of actor Kirk Douglas's four sons.
Jonathan Granoff is an author, attorney, and international peace activist. His life's work is dedicated to the total elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. To that end, he is the current president of the Global Security Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Arms Control and National Security, and as the Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security at the UN, which is regarded as a primary ally of the international movement for arms control, peace, and disarmament. He holds positions on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the Lawyers Alliance for World Security, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Bipartisan Security Group, and the Middle Powers Initiative.
Mr. Granoff has lectured worldwide emphasizing the legal, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is the award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has been featured in more than 30 publications, including The Sovereignty Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2004) by Alan Cranston. He practices law in Philadelphia.
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.