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New Program for International Legal Studies

September 22, 2009

DETROIT (Sept. 22, 2009) – Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce the launch of its new Program for International Legal Studies. Led by recently named Director and Wayne Law Professor Gregory Fox, the Program will kick-off with its inaugural event featuring keynote speaker Judge Bruno Simma of the International Court of Justice (World Court) starting at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, 2009, at Wayne Law.


“Sitting on one of the world’s busiest international borders, with a diverse student body and faculty with a broad range of expertise in international affairs, Wayne Law is beautifully positioned to host a program focusing on legal issues that extend beyond our borders,” said Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. “Professor Fox brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to this Program, and I am confident in his ability to marshal the considerable talents of our faculty to extend our reach.”


Wayne Law created the Program for International Legal Studies in recognition of the breadth of the faculty’s international engagements and expertise and the fact that nearly all aspects of law now have an international component. From regulation of cross-border financial transactions to controlling pollution that recognizes no boundaries to human rights treaties that regulate how governments treat their citizens, law is now an interconnected global phenomenon.


The Program will coordinate all activities at Wayne Law related to international law. These activities will include hosting a speakers series, sponsoring conferences and symposia featuring leading international scholars and practitioners, promoting research on international and comparative law topics, and providing important resources for Wayne Law students, alumni and friends interested in international law. Additional features will be added in subsequent years.


The Program will capitalize on the Law School’s world-renowned faculty who teach and write on international legal issues.
“Wayne’s international and comparative law faculty is the foundation on which the work of the new Program will be built,” Fox said. “One-third of Wayne’s tenured and tenure-track faculty members focus on international and comparative law issues. They have negotiated international agreements, drafted laws for foreign governments, represented governments before international tribunals, founded non-governmental organizations, served as expert consultants to international organizations and represented human rights victims seeking redress in American courts.”


He added, “Their experience allows Wayne Law to offer a diverse range of courses in international and comparative law. Few law schools, and certainly few in Michigan, can offer a faculty with so many prominent international law scholars and such a rich array of course offerings. The Program for International Legal Studies is the logical culmination of Wayne’s long-standing commitment to making international issues prominent in legal education.”


For more information on Wayne Law’s Program on International Legal Studies, visit its website at http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/index.php.  Visit http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/events.php for more information on upcoming Program speakers. Upcoming speakers will address issues such as the controversy surrounding the International Criminal Court’s indictment of the sitting President of Sudan, the current deadlock on a new climate change agreement, the closing of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, and the pros and cons of the United States ratifying human rights treaties such as the Rights of the Child Convention that most other countries in the world have accepted.


Professor Gregory Fox
Professor Gregory Fox joined the Wayne Law faculty in 2002, and is an expert on international and comparative law. He has worked in the litigation department of Hale & Dorr in Boston and held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany and at the Schell Center for Human Rights at Yale Law School. Most recently he was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Center for International Law at Cambridge University in Great Britain. From 1992-1995 Professor Fox was the co-director of the Center for International Studies at NYU Law School. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan H. Nevas of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.


Professor Fox was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation/Social Science Research Council Fellowship in International Peace and Security. That fellowship allowed him to write “The Right to Political Participation in International Law,” 17 Yale J. Int'l L. 539 (1992) – one of the 10 most cited articles ever published in the Yale Journal. He is the editor (with Wayne Law Professor Brad Roth) of Democratic Governance and International Law (Cambridge 2000) and the author of Humanitarian Occupation (Cambridge 2008). He has also published on the development of democratic institutions in post-conflict states and the role of the U.N. Security Council in promoting democracy.


Professor Fox has served as counsel in several international cases. He was co-counsel to the State of Eritrea in the Zuqar-Hanish Islands arbitration with the Republic of Yemen, which determined the status of a group of islands in the southern Red Sea. He also represented a group of Eritreans in U.S. federal court who were forcibly deported from Ethiopia in 1998 and had their property confiscated by the Ethiopian government.


He earned a B.A. with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Bates College and a J.D. from New York University.


About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.