W&L Transnational Law Institute Speakers to Address Rwanda Genocide, International Treaties

Lexington, VA Thursday, February 17, 2011


Covington & Burling's Peter Trooboff
The Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host two speakers on campus the week of February 21. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, February 23, Dr. Gerald Gahima, former Attorney-General of Rwanda, will give a public lecture titled "Rwanda: Justice after Genocide." The talk will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Classroom A.

Dr. Gahima is former Deputy Minister, Attorney General, and Deputy Chief Justice of Rwanda. His time of service in the Rwandan government coincided with the beginning of the process of reconstruction of the country following the war and genocide. He led the re-establishment of the country's civil service and was the principal architect of the rebuilding of the country's justice system.

As the chief law enforcement officer for the Republic of Rwanda, he has had the unique experience of having organized and overseen the largest number of prosecutions of genocide in human history. He since has developed extensive experience in working with United Nations bodies and donor agencies as a consultant and as an academic.

On Thursday, February 24, Peter Trooboff, Senior Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling, will give a public lecture titled "Lessons from Negotiating and Interpreting Treaties What Can Go Wrong and How Possibly to Avoid Future Mistakes." The talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room.

Mr. Trooboff is a past President of the American Society of International Law, an editor of the American Journal of International Law, and a member of the governing body of the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law, where he has lectured on private international law.  He has extensive experience as a negotiator and counselor in the private practice of international law.

The Transnational Law Institute, directed by Professor Mark Drumbl, was established in 2006 to support and coordinate teaching innovations, externships, internships, a speaker series and visiting faculty to help prepare students for the increasing globalization of legal practice. Learn more at http://law.wlu.edu/transnational.

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