The Transnational Law Institute's Fall Lecture will be delivered by Jose Enrique Alvarez, Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School and the President of the American Society of International Law (2006-2007). His lecture is titled "Making Globalization Responsible" and will take place on Tuesday, September 25, at 12:00 pm in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public.
"Jose Alvarez is a dynamic and provocative speaker," said Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute. "His critical legal studies approach to international law challenges deep assumptions and drives us towards bettering the field instead of indulging it."
Professor Alvarez is a widely cited expert whose publications have helped define the field of international law. His the author of International Organizations as Law-Makers (Oxford University Press, 2005), and many articles on foreign investment law, international criminal law, and public international law, including "Editorial Comment: Hegemonic International Law Revisited," 97 Amer. J. Int'l L. 873 (2003), "Multilaterialism and its Discontents," 11 Eur. J. Int'l L. 393-411 (2000), "Crimes of States/Crimes of Hate: Lessons from Rwanda," 24 Yale J. Int'l L. 365-483 (1999), and "Rush to Closure: Lessons of the Tadic Judgment," 96 Mich. L. Rev. 2031-2112 (1998).
Professor Alvarez has undergraduate degrees from Harvard and Oxford, and obtained his J.D. in 1981 from Harvard. From 1981 to 1982 he served as law clerk to Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then entered private practice at Shea & Gardner.
After serving as Attorney-adviser to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, from 1983 to 1988, Professor Alvarez entered academic life. Prior to joining Columbia, he taught at the George Washington University School of Law and the University of Michigan Law School.
The Transnational Law Institute was established in 2006 to support and coordinate a variety of pedagogical methods that will contribute to the quality of the legal education the School of Law offers its students and to better prepare these students for a professional legal practice that is rapidly globalizing.