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Loyola University Chicago International Law Colloquium

Spring 2019

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

Wednesdays 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Professor James Gathii, Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law

Loyola’s International Law Colloquium brings distinguished scholars from other law schools to lead discussions on important issues, works-in-progress, and other aspects of international law. The discussions are open to the entire Loyola community.

January 23, Room 1104

Alexandru Grigorescu

Professor of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago

Alexandru Grigorescu is a Professor of Political Science and Assistant Director of the Global and International Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago. He teaches courses on international organization, globalization, international relations theory, the United Nations system, and international human rights. His work on international organizations and their impact on domestic politics has been published in journals such as Ethics & International Affairs, International Politics, and Global Governance. Prior to joining Loyola, Grigorescu was a Diplomat for the Romanian Foreign Ministry at the United Nations. Grigorescu holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in Political Science from the City University of New York, and a BA/MA in Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania.

February 6, Room 1104

Ryan Scoville

Associate Professor of Law, Marquette University Law School

Ryan Scoville is an Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. His field of research include U.S. foreign relations law and international law, and he currently teaches public international law, the foreign affairs Constitution, civil procedure, and conflict of laws. Scoville is a Fulbright grant recipient, a contributor at Lawfare, and a managing editor for AJIL Unbound, the online companion to the American Journal of International Law. Before entering academia, he worked as a litigation associate and served as a law clerk for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit. He also worked at the Arms Control Association and the Defense Department’s Office of the General Counsel (International Affairs). Scoville holds a JD from Stanford Law School and a BA in International Studies from Brigham Young University, where he was valedictorian.

February 20, Room 1104

Diane Desierto

Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame

Diane Desierto is an Associate Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame. Her areas of expertise include international economic law, human rights, development, and humanitarian law. Desierto’s research publications focus on overlapping areas of public international law and dispute settlement. She is also active as lead/collaborating counsel in human rights and public interest-related economic disputes in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, including in matters successfully litigated before the UN Human Rights Committee and the International Criminal Court. Desierto is a graduate of Yale Law School, the University of the Philippines, the Academic du droit de l’arbitrage in Paris, and the Xiamen Academy of International Law in China.

March 13, Room 1104

Kathleen Claussen

Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Kathleen Claussen is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Her primary scholarly interest include trade and investment law, dispute settlement and procedure, international contracts, national security, and federalism and conflict of laws. Prior to joining Miami’s law faculty, Claussen was Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. She has published in the Yale Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, and the American Journal of International Law, among others. In 2018, Claussen served as co-chair of the 112th American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting. Earlier in her career, Claussen was Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where she advised on disputes between countries. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an MA from Queen’s University Belfast, and a BA from Indiana University.

April 10, Room 1104

Julian Arato

Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Julian Arato is an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He also serves as Co-Director for the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law at Brooklyn Law School. His research and teaching interests include international economic law, public international law, international organizations, contracts, and private law theory. He has written extensively on the law of treaties and treaty interpretation, the law of international organizations, and the law of foreign direct investment. Arato is currently the Vice Chair for the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Economic Law Interest Group. Before joining Brooklyn Law School, he served as an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School and worked as an associate in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Arato holds a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School, a J.D. from NYU School of Law, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from Columbia University.

April 17, Room 1104

Matiangai Sirleaf

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School

Matiangai Sirleaf is an Assistant Professor of Law the University of Pittsburgh Law School. She writes and teaches courses in criminal law and international law. Her work focuses on remedying the accountability and responsibility gaps that exist in international law. Her scholarship focuses on the challenges institutions face in providing redress to survivors of human rights violations. Currently, her research agenda analyzes the disproportionate distribution of highly-infectious diseases and the role of law in facilitating this result. Previously, Sirleaf worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., where she represented plaintiffs in numerous international human rights cases litigated in federal courts. Prior to that, she served as an attorney with the International Center for Transitional Justice and as a law clerk to Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Sirleaf received her JD from Yale Law School, MA from the University of Ghana, and BA from New York University.

April 24, Room 1104

Melissa Durkee

J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Melissa Durkee holds a J. Alton Hosch Associate Professorship at the University of Georgia School of Law. She teaches in the areas of international, transnational, and business law. Her research focuses on new forms of global governance, particularly interactions between government and business actors that affect the content and success of international legal rules. Durkee’s scholarship has been published in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Columbia Human Rights Law Review, among others. She has also served for three years as managing editor of AJIL Unbound. Prior to coming to Georgia, she was an associate professor of law at the University of Washington, served as an associate-in-law at Columbia Law School, and was an associate at the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where she specialized in international litigation and arbitration. Durkee earned her JD from Yale Law School and her BA from Westmont College.