Week of international law here in Georgia

This week we Athenians welcome many experts in international law.

INTL_Cousin► On Tuesday, February 5, Georgia Law alumna Ertharin Cousin (right) will keynote “International Law in a Time of Scarcity,” a symposium sponsored by the law school and its Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law and Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy. Since last spring, Cousin has served as the Executive Director of the Rome-based U.N. World Food Programme. Providing other perspectives on the challenges posed by scarce global resources will be: Kristen E. Boon, Seton Hall University School of Law; Lillian Aponte Miranda, Florida International University College of Law; Anastasia Telesetsky, University of Idaho College of Law; Aparna Polavarapu, University of South Carolina School of Law; Gabriel Eckstein, Texas Wesleyan School of Law; José Cuesta, World Bank; Felix Mormann, Stanford Law School; and Lincoln Davies, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law; and Barbara Deutsch Lynch, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology. I’m looking forward to serving as a moderator, along with my Georgia Law colleagues Harlan G. Cohen and Peter A. Appel. Congratulations to Journal Symposium Editor Katie Croghan for spearheading the event.

james_anaya2Thursday, February 7, will bring 2 stellar events, both Distinguished Lectures cosponsored by the university’s Willson Center for the Humanities:

► At 3 p.m., Arizona Law Professor James Anaya (left), who serves as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, will speak on “Reconciliation with the Native Americans Still Needed: Toward a More Wholesome American Landscape,” in a lecture organized by my colleague Dorinda G. Dallmeyer, Director of the university’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program.

► Then, at 4:30 p.m., my colleague William A. Schabas (below right) will deliver a lecture on “Human Rights and Culture” at the law school, with the Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy cosponsoring. Schabas’ many academic posts include Professor of International Law at Middlesex University-London, Chair and founding Director Emeritus of the Irish Centre for Human Rights-Galway, and holder of a chair in international criminal law and human rights at Leiden University-Netherlands.schabas

► The week concludes on Friday, February 8, when Schabas will take part in the 8th Annual Georgia Law International Law Colloquium series. He’ll present “The Drafting and Significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the essay that introduces his forthcoming 3-volume work entitled The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Travaux Préparatoires (Cambridge University Press May 2013). The 20 students enrolled in the course will comment, along with 2 discussants, Andrea Everett, a professor at the university’s School of Public & International Affairs, and yours truly.

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