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Professor Gregory Fox to Address ‘Internationalized Territories’ in Cohn Scholar Lecture, March 20

February 08, 2008

Prof. FoxDETROIT (Feb. 7, 2008) –Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce that Gregory Fox, Wayne Law Professor and Cohn Family Endowed Scholar in Legal History, will speak in a lecture titled “Internationalized Territories" at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2008, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

A brief description of the lecture, which is free and open to the public, is as follows:

In East Timor, Kosovo and Bosnia, the international community turned traditional principles of sovereignty on their head: it became the government of the territory. The international and the national are indistinguishable in these cases. Professor Fox will discuss the history of such "internationalized territories" and ask if it holds any lessons for why, in the post-Cold War era, the international community is increasingly taking this extraordinary step.

Professor Fox is the author of Humanitarian Occupation (forthcoming, Cambridge 2008 , For details, click here) and the editor (with Wayne Law Professor Brad Roth) of Democratic Governance and International Law (Cambridge 2000), as well as the author of numerous articles and book chapters on international legal topics. Professor Fox was co-counsel to the State of Eritrea in an arbitration with the Republic of Yemen concerning the status of a group of islands in the southern Red Sea. He has also served as counsel in several international human rights cases in US courts.

Prior to teaching, Professor Fox 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.  From 1992-1995 he was the co-Director of the Center for International Studies at NYU Law School. He was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation/Social Science Research Council Fellowship in International Peace and Security.

Professor Fox is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, Chair of the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society and the first Chair of the Committee on International Human Rights of the State Bar of Michigan.

Professor Fox is a graduate of Bates College (B.A. 1982 phi beta kappa, with highest honors) and New York University (J.D. 1986).

The Cohn Family Endowed Scholar in Legal History was established by a distinguished Detroit judge, the Honorable Avern Cohn of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Judge Cohn has served that Court since his appointment by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Judge Cohn was born in Detroit. He practiced law in the city from 1949 until his appointment to the bench. He has long been a generous supporter of the Law School, and this gift is only one among many contributions he has made over the years to support the capital campaign, scholarship, and students.

The Cohn Family Endowed Scholar in Legal History is used to support the research, teaching, and scholarly activities for the holder of the appointment; the appointment will be for a two year period. In the second year of the appointment, the Cohn Family scholar will deliver a public presentation on historical aspects of his or her area of specialization.

Professor Gregory H. Fox was the inaugural recipient of the Cohn Family Endowed Scholar in Legal History. Professor Jocelyn Benson was recently named the second Cohn Scholar.

Wayne Law is located at 471 W. Palmer St. in Detroit. Parking is available in structure #1 across from the Law School, on Palmer Street (corner of Cass) for $3.50. For further information, please contact the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933.

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