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Expert to speak Sept. 4 at Wayne Law on Scotland's independence referendum

August 26, 2014

DETROIT – Thomas D. Grant, an international law expert at the University of Cambridge in England, will present “International Law and the Independence of Scotland” on Thursday, Sept. 4, at Wayne State University Law School.

A referendum vote in Scotland on Thursday, Sept. 18, will ask that nation’s voters: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The vote could change dramatically the shape of the United Kingdom. Since 1997, Scotland has had its own parliament and control over justice, education and health. But London still controls Scotland’s energy, foreign relations and military defense.

The referendum question has raised many hotly disputed legal issues, including who would get access to North Sea oil. Grant will discuss those issues during the free lecture from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Parking will be available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law. The lecture is sponsored by the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies.

Grant is a research fellow of the Cambridge’s Wolfson College and a senior associate of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. This past year, he has been the Edward Teller National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University, his law degree at Yale Law School and his doctorate at Cambridge. He is an advisor to legal teams in cases before the International Court of Justice, general editor and co-founder of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and foreign corresponding editor on international legal materials for the American Society of International Law. Grant advises, lectures and publishes often on issues of international law.

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