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Wayne Law Professor Brad Roth to speak on Kosovo independence

January 11, 2011

DETROIT (Jan. 11, 2011) —Wayne State University Law School’s Program for International Legal Studies and the International Law Students Association are pleased to host a lecture by Brad Roth, an associate professor at Wayne Law and in WSU’s Department of Political Science, at 12:15-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. Roth’s lecture is titled: "The independence of Kosovo and self-determination in international law."

“Brad Roth is one of the world's leading scholars of statehood and its meaning in contemporary international affairs,” said Wayne Law Professor Gregory Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies. “His take on Kosovo independence should not be missed. It will be of interest to those curious about conflict in the Balkans, as well as those interested in the phenomenon of secession worldwide."

Professor Roth specializes in international law, comparative public law, and political and legal theory. His latest article, "Secessions, coups, and the international rule of law: assessing the decline of the effective control doctrine," will appear in the May 2011 issue of the Melbourne Journal of International Law. He is the author of Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law, contributing co-editor with Fox of Democratic Governance and International Law, and the author of roughly 30 book chapters, journal articles and commentaries dealing with questions of sovereignty, constitutionalism, human rights and democracy.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $4.75 in Structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street in Detroit. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, visit www.campusmap.wayne.edu/location/LAW.

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

Additional upcoming international events:

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011
Julia Ernst, Georgetown University Law Center,
"U.S. ratification of the women's rights treaty: Fabulous, horrendous, or meaningless?"

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
John Hutson, University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law School),
"Rules of engagement in counter-insurgency campaigns"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Natalie Klein, Macquarie Law School, Sydney Australia,
"Protecting whales under international law: Australia's case against Japan before the World Court"

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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