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Program for International Legal Studies announces External Advisory Committee

August 12, 2010

DETROIT (Aug. 12, 2010) – Wayne State University Law School’s Program for International Legal Studies is pleased to announce the creation of its External Advisory Committee.

The committee – consisting of prominent international lawyers in government, private practice, the international judiciary and academia – will provide guidance to the program, its director, students and alumni. Judge Bruno Simma of the International Court of Justice (World Court) in The Hague will serve as the committee’s honorary chair. Judge Simma gave the keynote address at the program’s inaugural event in October 2009.

Committee members include:

  • Judge Bruno Simma, honorary chair, International Court of Justice
  • David A. Clanton, '69, Baker and McKenzie, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael T. Cone, '94, McCullough Ginsberg Montano and Partners LLP, New York
  • Richard G. Goetz, Dykema Gossett PLLC, Detroit
  • Silvia M. Kleer, '95, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.
  • Paula Levitan, '82, Arnold and Porter LLP, London
  • Michael M. Ostrove, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP, Paris
  • Justice Andreas Paulus, Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
  • Oday Salim, '08, University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Lada Šoljan, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
  • David P. Stewart, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Bruce C. Thelen, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit
  • C. Peter Theut, China Bridge, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Edward M. Zelenak, '77, City of Lincoln Park, Mich.

“These are leading international lawyers from Michigan, around the country and around the world,” said Wayne Law Professor and Director of the Program for International Legal Studies Gregory Fox. “Our program will benefit immensely from their guidance and expertise. I’m particularly thrilled about the many Wayne Law alumni on the committee. I hope their presence makes clear to current and future students that a Wayne Law degree can lead to an exciting career in international law.”

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 an interconnected global phenomenon.

The program coordinates all activities at Wayne Law related to international law. These activities include hosting a speaker 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.

The program capitalizes on the Law School’s world-renowned faculty members, who teach and write on a wide variety of international legal issues.

For more information about the Program for International Legal Studies, please visit or call (313) 577-3620.

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