ASIL President Lucy Reed to Deliver Transnational Law Institute Fall Lecture

Lexington, VA Thursday, September 10, 2009

ASIL President Lucy Reed
Lucy Reed, president of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and a senior partner with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will deliver the Washington and Lee Transnational Law Institute Distinguished Lecture for fall 2009.

Her lecture is titled "International Claims Tribunals: Focus on Victims" and is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22 at noon in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Based in New York, Reed is a specialist in international commercial arbitration, particularly in investment treaty disputes. As an arbitrator, she has served on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and as co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland (the Holocaust tribunal). Reed is one of five attorneys nationwide to be named a tier one international arbitration practitioner by Chambers USA.

In 2001, Reed lectured on private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law. She was the first general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the U.S. State Department, was the U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal and deputy assistant legal adviser for international claims and investment disputes.

"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Ms. Reed's stature as our first speaker of the year," said Prof. Mark Drumbl, who directs the Transnational Law Institute. "She is a high-level expert in international arbitration law, foreign investment and commercial law, and public international law, with tremendous insight and experience in international dispute resolution.  In the spirit of our pedagogy, she blends the theoretical with the practical.  She consolidates our tradition of bringing top speakers to campus."

Through its many meetings, publications, and outreach programs, ASIL fosters the study of international law and promotes the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.  Several W&L Law faculty members hold leadership positions in ASIL.  Prof. Rick Kirgis is on the Board of Editors of the Society's flagship publication, the American Journal of International Law; he also serves as a member of the ASIL Executive Committee and Executive Council. He is ASIL Secretary and historian and authored the definitive history of the Society.

In addition, Prof. Hari Osofsky will serve as co-chair of the 2010 ASIL Annual Meeting, the Society's signature event.  Prof. Susan Franck will serve on the 2010 ASIL Honors Committee and as co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group. Prof. Mark Drumbl will serve on the 2010 ASIL Committee for Annual Awards. This year, Drumbl received Honorable Mention for the prestigious ASIL Certificate of Merit for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship for his book Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Drumbl also serves as an ASIL Media Expert.

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