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Dame Rosalyn Higgins
Dame Rosalyn Higgins was introduced to the American Society by Myres McDougal and Oscar Schachter, under whom she studied at Yale Law School, and has maintained close ties with the Society since 1962. She has been a frequent participant at Annual Meetings and has been a member of the Executive Council and of the American Journal of International Law’s Board of Editors. She is a former judge and president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She was the first female judge to be appointed to the ICJ and was elected president in 2006. Prior to joining the Court in 1995, she served as a professor of international law at the University of Kent at Canterbury (1978-1981) and the University of London (1981-1995). She has published widely in the international legal field, and she has also served as counsel before the ICJ, as arbitrator in several international disputes, and as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Her contributions to the field of international law have been widely recognized, including with The Hague Prize for International Law, the Balzan Prize for international law, 18 honorary degrees, two Society Certificates of Merit, the Society’s Honorary Member award, Prominent Woman in International Law Award, and Hudson Medal, among many other honors.
Donald Francis Donovan
Donald Francis Donovan is a partner in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. He has argued international law in a broad range of international and domestic fora, including the International Court of Justice and the US Supreme Court. He regularly appears as both counsel and arbitrator in proceedings initiated under the auspices of the world’s leading arbitral institutions and litigates international disputes in U.S. courts. For his achievements in both international arbitration and international human rights, he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Jurisprudencia by the Mexican Bar Association, the first non-Mexican so honored, and was inducted as a member of the Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca, the highest award given by the Government of Mexico to non-Mexicans.
Mr. Donovan currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration of the American Law Institute, as a Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), having recently completed two terms as its Vice-President, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First and Chair of its Litigation Committee. He formerly served as Chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He teaches international commercial and treaty arbitration at New York University School of Law.
Mr. Donovan served as law clerk to Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the US Supreme Court and legal assistant to Judge Howard M. Holtzmann of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. He received his B.A. in 1977 from the University of Virginia and his J.D. in 1981 from Stanford Law School.
Lori Damrosch is the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization and the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School. She received her B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Jon O. Newman, followed by three years in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, and three years as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell, before joining the Columbia faculty in 1984. Her publications include The International Court of Justice at a Crossroads (ed., 1987); Law and Force in the New International Order (ed., 1991); Enforcing Restraint: Collective Intervention in Internal Conflicts (ed., 1993); Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post-Cold War Era (ed. 1995); Enforcing International Law through Non-Forcible Measures (Hague Academy of International Law, 1997); and International Law: Cases and Materials (4th ed., with Henkin, Pugh, Schachter and Smit, 2001). Professor Damrosch served as a resident fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1995-96), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law. Introduced to the Society by Steve Schwebel during her stint at the Office of the Legal Adviser, she has long been active in the Society. She was the organizer of the U.S.-Soviet (later U.S.-Russian) research project on international law, has served on numerous Society committees and as Vice President, Counsellor, member of the AJIL Board of Editors, and, since 2003, as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.
|Executive Vice President and Executive Director: |
Elizabeth (Betsy) Andersen is Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a position she has held since 2006. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI), and as Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe & Central Asia Division. Earlier in her career, she served as Legal Assistant to Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Andersen is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Williams College, from which she received the College’s Bicentennial Medal in 2006. Her areas of expertise are international humanitarian, human rights, and refugee law, international development, and the law of international organizations. She serves as a member of the governing boards of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, the International Law Institute, and the Friends of the Law Library of Congress; and as a member of advisory committees of the American University Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace, and Humanity, and the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies. She is an adjunct professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Gary Born is the chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. He has been involved as counsel in more than 550 arbitrations, under all leading arbitral regimes; he sits as arbitrator, having served in some 150 institutional and ad hoc arbitrations; he has been ranked for the past 15 years as one of the world's leading international arbitration practitioners; and he received the Global Arbitration Review's inaugural "Advocate of the Year" award in 2011. Mr. Born is a graduate of Haverford College (BA 1978, summa cum laude) and the University of Pennsylvania (JD 1981, summa cum laude). He clerked for Judge Henry J Friendly on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice William H Rehnquist on the US Supreme Court. Mr. Born has published a number of leading works on international arbitration, international litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 2009), which received the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit in 2010. He is also the author of International Forum Selection and Arbitration Agreements: Drafting and Enforcing (Kluwer 2010), International Arbitration: Cases and Materials (Aspen 2011), and International Civil Litigation in United States Courts (Aspen 5th ed. 2011). Mr. Born is an Honorary Professor of Law at St. Gallen University. He has taught law at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, St. Gallen University, Georgetown University Law Center, National University of Singapore, University of Virginia College of Law, University College London and the University of Arizona College of Law. A longtime ASIL member, he is a frequent contributor to ASIL programs, and a member of the Society's Development Committee.
Duke Law School
Curtis Bradley is the Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and a professor of public policy at ASIL Academic Partner Duke Law School. Bradley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988 and subsequently clerked for Justice Byron White on the U.S. Supreme Court. He entered academia in 1995, after practicing law for several years at ASIL Law Firm Sponsor Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. Bradley has been teaching international law and related subjects for more than 16 years. During that time, he has written dozens of law review articles concerning both international law and U.S. foreign relations law, including a number of articles published in the American Journal of International Law. He is also the co-author of a leading casebook on U.S. foreign relations law. Bradley has served on ASIL’s Executive Council and continues to serve on the Journal’s Board of Editors. He has also held the position of counselor on international law in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser and is currently a member of the U.S. secretary of state’s Advisory Committee on International Law. At Duke, he co-directs the school’s Center for International and Comparative Law.
Abby Cohen Smutny
White & Case LLP
Abby Cohen Smutny is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of ASIL Law Firm Sponsor White & Case LLP. She is widely recognized as a leading expert on international arbitration, with particular expertise in investorstate disputes and disputes involving issues of public international law. She has served as counsel both for states and for investors in dozens of cases in her more than 20 years of practice. Smutny is a member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration of the American Law Institute. She also served as a member of the Special Drafting Committee of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration with States and State Entities. She is vice-chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, co-editor-in-chief of World Arbitration and Mediation Review, a member of the Editorial Committee of the Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Arbitration. She is a former vice-chair of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and chair of its Sub-Committee on Investment Treaty Arbitration. She is also a former chair of the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar. Smutny has served several terms as a member of ASIL's Executive Council and also has served as a member of the Society's Executive Committee. Smutny completed her studies at Vassar College, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Université des Langues et Lettres de Grenoble, and the University of Chicago School of Law.
Cornell Law School
Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor Thomas received her B.A. from McGill University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She teaches in the areas of Law and Development and International Economic Law, and she focuses her scholarship on the relationship between international law, political economy, and global social justice in a variety of contexts. Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Thomas chaired the Law Department of the American University in Cairo, and also served on the University of Minnesota and Fordham University law faculties. She has been a visiting professor, teaching international economic law at institutions such as the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, University of Paris (Sorbonne), and Soochow University in China. Professor Thomas has consulted for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs, and she currently serves on the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law. She has been an active member of the Society, serving as co-chair of its Africa Interest Group, as co-chair of the 2007 Annual Meeting Program Committee, as a member of its Executive Council, and as a counsellor to the Executive Council.
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University of California, Berkley Law
David Caron currently is the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkley Law, where he serves also as Co-Director of the Law of the Sea Institute and Co-Director of the Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and Co-Editor of World Arbitration and Mediation Review and of SSRN International Environmental Law eJournal. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum as well as the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law. Caron has served as arbitrator, lead counsel, and expert in both private and public international arbitral proceedings. From 1996 to 2003, he served as a Commissioner with the Precedent Panel (E2) of the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva resolving claims arising out of the 1990 Gulf War. Caron served as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration from 2005 to 2009 and is a member of the Bars of the State of California and of England and Wales. He is also a Barrister with Chambers at 20 Essex Street. Most recently, Caron coedited "The Oceans in the Nuclear Age." To view his complete writings, visit http://works.bepress.com/david_caron/.
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José E. Alvarez
Columbia Law School
Jose Alvarez is the Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law at New York University Law School. He is also serving as special adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on a pro bono basis. Professor Alvarez was formerly the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and the executive director of the Center on Global Legal Problems at Columbia Law School, a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, an associate professor at the George Washington University's National Law Center, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center.
Prior to entering academia in 1989, Professor Alvarez was an attorney adviser with the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State where he worked on cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, served on the negotiation teams for bilateral investment treaties and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, and was legal adviser to the administration of justice program in Latin America coordinated by the Agency of International Development. Educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, Professor Alvarez has also been in private practice and was a judicial clerk to the late Hon. Thomas Gibbs Gee of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. A former international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Professor Alvarez is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and has long been active in bar activities at both the local and national levels. He has served on a number of advisory bodies at the national level, including the ABA Task Force relating to the establishment of the ad hoc tribunal to adjudicate war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and the UN Association's National Advisory Committee on UN Financing. Prior to assuming the Presidency of the ASIL, Professor Alvarez was chair of the Society’s international organizations section, a member of its Executive Council, co-chair of the 1997 Annual Meeting, and Vice President.
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Lucy F. Reed
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Lucy F. Reed, the immediate past President of ASIL, is a partner in the New York office of the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She co-heads the firm’s preeminent global international arbitration group, specializing in investment treaty arbitrations and other public international law disputes. In addition to serving as counsel and arbitrator, Ms. Reed has served as a Commissioner of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission (an international humanitarian law tribunal created by international agreement) and co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (a Holocaust tribunal). She delivered private international law lectures at The Hague Academy of International Law in 2001 and has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 2003.
While with the US Department of State from 1985 to 1992, Ms. Reed served as the Legal Counselor at the US Embassy in The Hague, the US Agent to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, and the Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes. From 1995 to 1998, she was the first General Counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), an international organization based in New York, in which capacity she led negotiations with North Korea.
Ms. Reed received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1977, where she was on the Law Review, and her BA magna cum laude from Brown University in 1974, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1973.
Willamette University College of Law
James Nafziger is the Thomas B. Stoel Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at the Willamette University College of Law. He is also Honorary Professor at the East China University of Politics and Law. After receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School, Professor Nafziger was Henry Luce Fellow and later Administrative Director of the American Society of International Law. He is a former Fulbright lecturer in Mexico and Mongolia as well as Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. In 2005 he was Co-director of Research at the Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Nafziger received the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for “excellence in teaching and scholarly activity” and the university President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, in both cases the first given to a member of his law faculty. Having initiated the Oregon Law Commission’s project to codify choice-of-law rules, he has served as its Reporter. He is the author or editor of eight books, over 100 articles or essays in books, and 80 other published writings.
An elected member of the American Law Institute, he is an Honorary Vice-President of the American Branch of the International Law Association, having served as its President and Chair of its Executive Committee. He also chairs the ILA’s Committee on Cultural Heritage Law and is Honorary President of the International Association of Sports Law. He received an award for extraordinary contributions to the American Society of Comparative Law, having served as its Treasurer. Professor Nafziger is on the National Council of the United Nations Association-USA and is a former president of both its Oregon Division and the Oregon International Council.
Nancy L. Perkins,
Arnold & Porter, LLP
Nancy Perkins, Counsel to firm, Arnold & Porter LLP, has a diverse international practice, including arbitration and trade litigation, regulatory counseling, and legislative work. She has litigated disputes before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") and the GATT/World Trade Organization ("WTO"), including the first case ever brought under the WTO dispute settlement system. She also has worked on antidumping and countervailing duty cases, proceedings under the Generalized System of Preferences, and matters involving Sections 201 and 301 of the U.S. trade laws. She has assisted several foreign governments in the negotiation of treaty provisions, and has counseled numerous clients with respect to export control and customs regulations, the Exon-Florio statute, FOCI matters, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the NAFTA, and antitrust, tax, and other aspects of foreign direct investment in the United States. Ms. Perkins is the Chair of the International Law Section of the D.C. Bar, Treasurer of the American Society of International Law ("ASIL"), and a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of International Legal Materials, published by the ASIL. She joined Arnold & Porter in 1988, following a clerkship with the Honorable Eugene H. Nickerson in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is a member of the Bars of both Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the American Law Institute.