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Wayne Law to welcome Tom Farer for lecture on relevance of international law in the Israel-Palestine conflict

September 13, 2010

DETROIT (Sept. 13, 2010) — The Wayne State University Law School Program for International Legal Studies and the International Law Students Association are pleased to host a lecture by Tom Farer, former dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, at 12:15-1:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2010, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

Farer’s lecture, titled “In search of just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict: The relevance of international law,” will discuss some of the issues now being addressed in peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, including final borders, minority rights and more. Dean Farer will examine the international norms governing these issues and ask whether international law can contribute to a just final settlement.

“Tom Farer is one of the most respected scholars writing in international law,” said Gregory Fox, Wayne Law professor and director of the Program for International Legal Studies. “We are privileged to have someone of his stature addressing these critical issues.” 

In addition to his roles at the University of Denver and Inter-American Commission, Professor Farer has served as president of the University of New Mexico and taught law at Columbia University, American University, Rutgers University, Tulane University and Harvard University and international relations at Cambridge University, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. Within the United States government, he has served as special assistant first to the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense and then to the assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs.

Farer has published 12 books and monographs and more than 100 articles and book chapters primarily concerning issues of international and comparative law, foreign policy, human rights and international institutions. His most recent book, Confront Global Terrorism and American Neo-Conservatism: The Framework of a Liberal Grand Strategy, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2008.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. RSVP for this event at http://events.wayne.edu/rsvp/farerevent/. Once an RSVP is made, attendees will receive a confirmation e-mail containing links to two articles by Dean Farer. Attendees are asked to submit questions based on these articles prior to the lecture to Professor Fox at gfox@wayne.edu.

Parking is available in Structure #1 for $4.25 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street in Detroit. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, visit campusmap.wayne.edu/location/LAW. 

For more information regarding the event or the Program for International Legal Studies, visit Wayne Law at law.wayne.edu/international-studies or contact Fox at gfox@Wayne.edu.

Additional upcoming international events:

Wednesday, Oct. 6
"Miranda rights for terrorism suspects?"
Mark Denbeaux, professor and director of the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall Law School

Wednesday, Oct. 13
“The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia”

Jeffrey Pryce, an attorney with Steptoe and Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Nov. 3
"The new crime of aggression before the International Criminal Court"

Sean D. Murphy, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School

Find more information on the above at http://law.wayne.edu/international-studies/events.php.

Program for International Legal Studies
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 coordinates all activities at Wayne Law related to international law. These activities include hosting the 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.

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