ASIL President-Elect David Caron to Deliver Transnational Law Institute Spring Lecture

Lexington, VA Wednesday, March 17, 2010


ASIL President-Elect David Caron
David Caron, President-Elect of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute Distinguished Lecture for spring 2010.

Prof. Caron's lecture is titled "Why International Courts and Tribunals Look and Act like They Do." Using what he calls bounded strategic space and positional logics, he will offer a political theory to explain the dynamic strategic relationships that lead courts and tribunals to look and act as they do. The theory draws on a number of contemporary institutions as examples.

The event is scheduled for Monday, March 22 at noon in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall and is free and open to the public.

In addition to his public lecture, Prof. Caron also will present an interactive seminar at 4:00 p.m. in Classroom F titled "Images of a Changing Arctic and the Futures They Represent." In his remarks, Prof. Caron will suggest that the political and legal choices regarding the Arctic can be understood in terms of three images and that grasping the images allows us to grasp the futures ahead.

"It is a great honor to have a scholar and leader of Professor Caron's stature at Washington and Lee," said Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute. "His publications are many in number, stunning in quality, and greatly influential. Moreover, his visit to campus continues the Institute's prestigious tradition of having each new President of the American Society of International Law deliver a major public lecture here in Lewis Hall."

Prof. Caron teaches public international law at Boalt Hall, the law school at Berkeley. He entered legal academia in 1987 after practicing law in San Francisco. Prior to attending law school, Prof. Caron was a navigator and salvage diver in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Prof. Caron is a member of NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitration Panels and of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law. Other professional highlights include service at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and as chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration of the Center for American and International Law.

He is the co-director of Boalt's Law of the Sea Institute, an international consortium of scholars that has played a major part in studies of ocean law since the 1970s. He has also served as director of studies (1987), director of research (1995) and as a lecturer (2006) at the Hague Academy of International Law. He was a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law from 1990 to 2005 and received the 1991 Deak Prize of the American Society of International Law for outstanding scholarship by a younger academic.

He has served as chair of the International Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the precedent panel of the U.N. Compensation Commission for claims arising out of the Gulf War, counsel for Ethiopia before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, and president of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Tribunal in the matter of Aguas del Tunai v. The Republic of Bolivia

Prof. Caron will take the helm of ASIL following the organization's annual meeting March 24-27, 2010. Through its many meetings, publications, and outreach programs, ASIL fosters the study of international law and promotes the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. 

Several W&L Law faculty members hold leadership positions in ASIL.  Prof. Rick Kirgis is on the Board of Editors of the Society's flagship publication, the American Journal of International Law. He also serves as a member of the ASIL Executive Committee and Executive Council. He is ASIL Secretary and historian and has authored the definitive history of the Society.

Prof. Hari Osofsky serves as co-chair of the 2010 ASIL Annual Meeting, the Society's signature event.  Prof. Susan Franck serves on the 2010 ASIL Honors Committee and as co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group. Prof. Mark Drumbl serves on the 2010 ASIL Committee for Annual Awards and as an ASIL Media Expert. Last year, Drumbl received Honorable Mention for the prestigious ASIL Certificate of Merit for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship for his book Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

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