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ASIL Officers

Honorary President: Rosemary Barkett

Rosemary Barkett is a Judge of the Iran – United States Claims Tribunal. Previously, she served as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to her nomination for that post, she was Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, where she was the first woman to serve on that court. Born in Mexico to parents who were immigrants from Syria, she was the first woman, Arab American, and Hispanic judge on the Florida Supreme Court.

President: Lucinda A. Low, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Lucinda A. Low is a partner in Steptoe's Washington office, where she is a member of the firm's Management Committee and head of the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department. Her practice focuses on US and international anti-corruption laws, advising clients on matters ranging from preventive work to representation in internal investigations and enforcement matters worldwide. She is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international conventions from the OECD, OAS, United Nations, and European Union. Ms. Low graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review. She was an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington College of Law in 1993 and at the University of Colorado School of Law in 1987 and 1989.

President-Elect: Sean D. Murphy, George Washington University Law School

Sean D. Murphy is Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School. He previously served as legal counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, arguing several cases before the International Court of Justice and representing the U.S. government in matters before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. He also served as U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, arguing cases on behalf of the U.S. government and providing advice to U.S. nationals appearing before that tribunal. Between 1987 and 1995, he served in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, primarily advising on matters relating to international environmental law, international claims, and politico–military affairs. Since leaving the U.S. Government, he has represented several countries in international courts and tribunals, including Ethiopia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Suriname, and the United States. The U.N. General Assembly elected him to serve as a Member of the U.N. International Law Commission for 2012-17, and reelected him in November 2016 to serve until 2022. His article on international environmental liability won the 1994 AJIL Deak Prize for best scholarship by a younger author; and his book Humanitarian Intervention: The United Nations in an Evolving World Order won the 1997 ASIL certificate for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship. He is a Patron of the Society, served for ten years on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and currently serves as a Vice President of the Society.

Executive Vice President and Executive Director: Mark Agrast, ASIL

Mark Agrast is Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law. He previously served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legislative Affairs from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Agrast was a senior vice president and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress from 2003 to 2009, and held senior staff positions with the U.S. House of Representatives from 1992 to 2009. He practiced international law with the Washington office of Jones Day from 1985 to 1992. Mr. Agrast has served in numerous leadership capacities in the American Bar Association, including as a member of its Board of Governors and its Executive Committee, a longtime member of the ABA House of Delegates, chair of the Commission on Immigration and the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (now the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice), and chair of the Commission on Disability Rights. He currently serves on the Council of the Section of International Law and as a member of the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Mr. Agrast has been a leader of the World Justice Project since its inception and has played a central role in designing and implementing its Rule of Law Index, which measures the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society and a past co-chair (and ABA delegate) of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (now the National LGBT Bar). Mr. Agrast is a member of the American Law Institute and a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, pursued his postgraduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and received his J.D. in 1985 from Yale Law School, where he was editor in chief of the Yale Journal of International Law.

Vice President: Catherine Amirfar, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Catherine Amirfar is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Co-Chair of the firm's Public International Law Group. Her practice focuses on international commercial and treaty arbitration, international and complex commercial litigation, and public international law. Ms. Amirfar regularly represents multinational corporations, sovereign states and international organizations in both U.S. courts and before international arbitration tribunals. Prior to rejoining Debevoise in 2016, Ms. Amirfar spent two years as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. During her tenure as Counselor, Ms. Amirfar advised the State Department on its most significant litigation matters involving international law and foreign relations, and liaised with senior officials of the Departments of Justice and Defense, the National Security Council and the Office of White House Counsel. She represented the United States before international bodies and broadly advised the State Department on international legal issues arising in the areas of human rights, armed conflict, sovereign and diplomatic immunity, international arbitration and claims settlement, and the intersection of U.S. and international law. Ms. Amirfar received the State Department's Superior Honor Award in recognition of her contributions to the Department. In 2014, Ms. Amirfar was selected by Chambers USA as the Pro Bono Private Practice Lawyer of the Year and by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star." She was a 2013 "Rising Star" in the New York Law Journal, and in 2011, she was recognized by the Global Arbitration Review in its "45 under 45," a selection of the 45 leading figures of the international arbitration bar under the age of 45. She also has been ranked in leading directories, including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 US and Legal 500 Latin America, among others. She is among the youngest advocates ever to argue before the International Court of Justice. She has written extensively on international arbitration, the relationship between international law and U.S. domestic law, international human rights and humanitarian law, investor-state disputes, and the law of consular and diplomatic immunities. She is a frequent lecturer on international law and has guest lectured at Yale Law School and NYU Law School, among others. She is a member of the American Law Institute and currently serves as Vice President of the American Society of International Law. She previously served as an officer of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Amirfar originally joined the firm in 2002 and became a partner in 2008. From 2000 to 2002, she clerked for the Hon. D.A. Batts, Southern District of New York. She received a J.D. cum laude from New York University Law School in 2000, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. She served as an Editor for the NYU Law Review and was awarded top honors in the NYU Orison S. Marden Moot Court Competition. She received a B.A., with honors, from Stanford University in 1995.

Vice President: Hannah L. Buxbaum, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Hannah L. Buxbaum is Professor of Law and John E. Schiller Chair at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She specializes in private international law and international litigation and jurisdiction. She is co-author (with Detlev Vagts, Harold Koh, and William Dodge) of the casebook Transnational Business Problems, and the author of more than forty publications in books and law journals. She has been a visiting professor at Humboldt University and the universities of Cologne, Kiel, and Erlangen- Nürnberg, and spent a year as an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Cologne. In 2013, she delivered a course in the area of private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Buxbaum is active in a number of professional and scholarly organizations, including ASIL, the American Society of Comparative Law, and the Association of American Law Schools. She has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute, where she currently serves as Adviser to the Restatement (Fourth) of Foreign Relations Law—Jurisdiction. She is a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. Professor Buxbaum has held a number of administrative positions at the Maurer School of Law, and served for two years as interim dean. In 2015, Professor Buxbaum was appointed Academic Director of Indiana University's Europe Gateway office, located in Berlin. She has served on the ASIL Executive Council and is currently an ASIL Counsellor.

Vice President: Eli Whitney Debevoise II, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Eli Whitney Debevoise II is a partner in the Washington office of Arnold & Porter. His practice involves international financial transactions, international arbitration, multijurisdictional litigation, banking, public policy, and international trade. He rejoined Arnold & Porter in 2010, after serving as U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank from 2007. In that presidentially-appointed and Senate- confirmed position, he represented the United States on the Boards of Directors of four institutions of the World Bank Group: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Development Association, the International Finance Corporation, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. In addition, he represented the United States at meetings of the Administrative Council of the World Bank Group's fifth institution, ICSID. He has written articles on securities regulation, WTO dispute resolution, debt restructuring, international banking, U.S. export controls, and sovereign immunity. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds an honorary degree from the Vermont Law School. He has served on the ASIL Executive Council and Executive Committee and currently chairs the Society's Audit Committee.

Vice President: Kal Raustiala, UCLA School of Law

Kal Raustiala holds a joint appointment between the UCLA Law School and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Since 2007 he has served as director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations, which is UCLA's primary academic unit for interdisciplinary research on international affairs. From 2012-2015 he served as UCLA's Associate Vice Provost for International Studies. A graduate of Duke University, he holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on international law, international relations, and intellectual property. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Law School, Melbourne Law School, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the National University of Singapore. Prior to coming to UCLA he was a research fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, a Peccei Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems, and an assistant professor of politics at Brandeis University. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the AJIL editorial board and has been an active member of ASIL, where he helped launch the annual ASIL Research Forum and the online publication AJIL Unbound. He began a term as ASIL Vice President in 2016.

Honorary Vice President: Lori Damrosch, Columbia 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. 

Honorary Vice President: Donald Francis Donovan, Debevoise & Plimpton

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.

Honorary Vice President: David Caron, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London

David Caron, the immediate past President of ASIL, is Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London, a role he assumed in 2013.  He was previously the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkley Law, where he served 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

Secretary: James Nafziger, 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. 

Treasurer: Nancy L. Perkins, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer 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.