W&L Law Professor Mark Drumbl Delivers Oxford University Honorary Lecture

Lexington, VA • Thursday, January 22, 2009

Prof. Mark A. Drumbl

Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Mark Drumbl delivered the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society Lecture at Oxford University. He presented a lecture titled "Justice after Atrocity:  A Cosmopolitan Pluralist Approach."

Scheduled for January 28 at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, Drumbl's lecture explores the potential and limits of criminal law as a method of accountability in the aftermath of atrocity. Drawing from a variety of case-studies in Rwanda, Timor-Leste, and Bosnia, Drumbl argues that the lexicon of justice should transcend the courtroom and the jailhouse. His lecture is followed by an experts conference on the topic of international criminal justice.

"Oxford has a deep history as a center of reflection about law at all levels," said Drumbl. "It is a great honor to be able to contribute to this dialogue and, in this regard, think critically of what law can or cannot do in the face of great evil."

The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society is an independent institution affiliated with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford.  Founded in 2005, the mission of the Foundation is to study the role that law plays in society and to inform policy by making the work of researchers and scholars more accessible to practitioners, whether in government, business, or the law.

"It is a wonderful honor for Mark to be invited to present this lecture at one of the world's great universities, on a topic of such profound international importance," said W&L Law Dean Rodney Smolla.  "This is a fitting testament to the growing international recognition Mark's work is gathering."

Mark A. Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor at Washington and Lee University, School of Law, where he also serves as Director of the University's Transnational Law Institute. Drumbl has lectured and published extensively on the war on terror, detainee rights, war crimes trials, and genocide prevention.  He is the author of Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (2007), which has been widely acclaimed and won the Book of the Year Award from the International Association of Criminal Law.  He has taught international law in Uganda, Brazil, Italy, and the Netherlands and held visiting appointments on the law faculties of Oxford University, the University of Paris, Trinity College-Dublin, and the University of Western Ontario, among others.      

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