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Australian law dean to speak on international law of the sea

March 03, 2011

DETROIT (March 3, 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 Natalie Klein, dean and professor at Macquarie Law School in Sydney, Australia, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. In her lecture, "Protecting Whales under International Law: Australia's Case against Japan before the World Court," Klein will discuss Australia's effort to stop scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean.

“This case is the first opportunity for the World Court to address Japan’s highly controversial whaling program,” said Law School Professor Gregory Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies. “We’re delighted to have a prolific scholar like Natalie Klein visit Wayne Law to explore the many complexities of Australia’s claim and Japan’s staunch defense of its program.”

Klein teaches and researches in various areas of international law, with a focus on law of the sea and international dispute settlement. She is the author of Dispute Settlement and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She regularly provides advice, undertakes consultancies and interacts with the media on law of the sea issues. Prior to joining Macquarie, Klein was counsel to the Government of Eritrea and a consultant in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations. She received a bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws from the University of Adelaide, and a master of laws and doctor of laws from Yale Law School.

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 and 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.

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.   

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