Governance

ASIL is a volunteer-led organization whose Officers and governing Executive Council are elected by its members. Today, leaders from the bench, the academy, the bar and public service are guiding the Society's transformation into a direct, engaged, worldwide network - through conferences, meetings, publications, and electronic communications and information resources.
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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 Regulatory, Enforcement, and Public Policy 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.
 

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, U.S. Department of State

Catherine Amirfar served as the Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser at the State Department. In that capacity, Catherine advised the Department on its litigation matters involving international law and foreign relations and liaised with the Departments of Justice, Defense, National Security Council and the Office of White House Counsel. Catherine also worked on international legal issues arising in the areas of human rights, armed conflict, sovereign and diplomatic immunity, international claims settlement, and the intersection of U.S. and international law, and represented the United States before various international bodies. She received her BA in International Relations with honors from Stanford University in 1995 and her JD cum laude from New York University Law School in 2000. Before joining L, Catherine was a litigation partner in the international disputes resolution group of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where her practice focused on international commercial and treaty arbitration and public international law. Catherine is one of the youngest advocates to argue before the International Court of Justice, and has represented sovereigns and the United Nations in litigation in U.S. courts and before international tribunals. She has practiced and written extensively on the relationship between international law and US 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, among others. Catherine was recently inducted into the American Law Institute and also serves as Vice President of the American Society of International Law. She has served on the Executive Committee of ASIL, as an officer of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association, and as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
 

Vice President: Edward Kwakwa, World Intellectual Property Organization

Edward Kwakwa is Senior Director, Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.  Kwakwa holds an LL.B. from the University of Ghana, an LL.M. from Queen's University in Canada, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School.  Before joining WIPO, he practiced corporate and international trade law and investment with O'Melveny and Myers in Washington, D.C., worked as International Legal Adviser at the Commission on Global Governance in Geneva, as Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and as Legal Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO). His publications include four books and numerous articles on international law. In 1991, he received the ICRC's Paul Reuter Prize for his book "The International Law of Armed Conflict: Personal and Material Fields of Application." He is currently serving as Vice-President of the African Foundation for International Law, Member of the Governing Council of Africa Legal Aid, and Member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of several Journals, including the African Journal of International and Comparative Law, the International Organizations Law Review and The Journal of Conflict and Security Law. In September 2011, he was elected Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International. He is Visiting Professor of Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and at the University of Lausanne, and has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the University of Denver College of Law, the World Trade Institute in Berne, the International Law Institute in Uganda and the University of Pretoria, South Africa, where he has been appointed as an Extraordinary Professor in Law.  Kwakwa is a longstanding active ASIL member, having served from 2001 to 2004 on the Executive Council of the ASIL, from 2012 to 2015 as Counselor to the ASIL's Executive Council, and on numerous ASIL Committees.
 

Vice President: Sean Murphy, George Washington University Law School

Sean D. Murphy is the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., where he teaches international law and U.S. foreign relations law. Since 2012, he is also a Member of the U.N. International Law Commission, where he serves as Special Rapporteur for Crimes against Humanity. Professor Murphy received his J.D. from Columbia University, LL.M. from Cambridge University, and S.J.D. from the University of Virginia. From 1987 to 1995, Professor Murphy served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, and from 1995 to 1998 as the Legal Counselor of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, representing the U.S. Government before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and as the U.S. Agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. He has published articles in a variety of national and international law journals, and his books include: International Law: Cases and Materials (6th ed. 2014) (with Damrosch);Litigating War: Mass Civil Injury and the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission (2013) (with Kidane & Snider); Principles of International Law (2d ed. 2012); Foreign Relations and National Security Law (4th ed. 2012) (with Franck, Glennon & Swaine). His books have twice received the Society's Certificate of Merit and in 1995 he received the Society's Francis Deák Prize for Outstanding Scholarship by a Younger Author. A member of the Society since 1988, Professor Murphy has often presented at the Society's annual conference and other Society events, and has served: on the Executive Council; as a Counselor; on the Judicial Outreach Board; and on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. He and his wife, Julie, are James Brown Scott Patrons of the Society. 
 

Vice President: Kal Raustiala, UCLA School of Law

Kal Raustiala is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. He teaches courses in international law and international politics. In addition to UCLA, Raustiala has taught law at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Melbourne, Chicago, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is the author of Does the Constitution Follow the Flag? The Evolution of Territoriality in American Law (2009), for which he won an Honorable Mention for Creative Scholarship from ASIL. He also received the Deak Prize for his article Form and Substance in International Agreements in the American Journal of International Law, where he currently serves on the editorial board. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Raustiala is a frequent media contributor whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, Slate, and the Wall Street Journal.
 

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 http://works.bepress.com/david_caron/.
 

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, 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.