The Program in International Law
at the University of Virginia School of Law

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The Program's Purpose

The Program in International Law seeks to foster a sense of community among those students and faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law who are interested in international law. The Program, funded by the Law School and directed by Professor John Setear, seeks to foster this sense of community by:


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This year, the Program has brought or will bring a variety of outside speakers to the Law School with practical experience in formulating international law and international policy.

This fall, the University hosted a conference of eight Laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize.  In connection with that conference, the Law School offered a seminar entitled "International Law and the Nobel Peace Prize," which focused on the international legal aspects of the accomplishments of certain Laureates and which was co-taught by Professors David Martin and John Setear.  As part of a variety of pre-Conference events held around the University and open to the general public, the Program and the J.B. Moore Society (the student international-law society) co-sponsored a series of speakers on Thursday afternoons at the Law School.  The six speakers focused on their direct experience with one of the two main topics of the seminar: the transition from authoritarian rule to democratic rule in the wake of widespread human-rights abuses, and the interaction among law, force, and arms control. 

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The speakers focusing on the transition from authoritarian rule to democracy in the wake of widespread human-rights violations were:

The speakers focusing on law, the use of force, and arms control were:

Each speaker made opening remarks of some 30-45 minutes and then took questions from the audience for another 30-45 minutes.

Note: In connection with this speaker series, the Program is especially grateful for the publicity and logistical support provided by the J.B. Moore Society.   The Program is also especially grateful for the selflessness of Ms. Hoinkes and Mr. van Diepen: they  traveled to Charlottesville after a busy DC work day to give their talks, and US government regulations prevented their accepting any payment of honoraria or even expenses for their efforts.  Three cheers for selfless public servants!

This spring, the Program and the J.B. Moore Society will bring to the Law School a series of speakers on international trade law.

On February 24th, the Honorable James Bacchus, a former member of the US House of Representatives and currently the only US citizen on the World Trade Organization’s seven-member Appellate Body, spoke in Caplin Auditorium to an audience of roughly 150 students (and several faculty), on "Inventing the World Trade System: The World Trade Organization and the Law of Global Commerce."

On Tuesday, April 20th, Professor Peter Morici spoke on "The US Agenda at the Upcoming Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization."  Professor Morici is currently a Professor of Logistics, Business, and Public Policy at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and erstwhile Director of Economics at the United States International Trade Commission.

On-Line Materials

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The Program’s second method for fostering a sense of community among those at the Law School who are interested in international law is to make on-line information available that is of particular interest to Law School students studying international law.

Last fall, the Program constructed Web sites (one for first-year students and one for upper-class students) aimed at facilitating the selection of courses focused on international law. The site simplified access to a variety of material already published by the Law School and, on the site for first-year students, discussed why first-year students might wish to include international-law courses among their spring electives.

The Program completed two Web-related projects this spring.  The first provides highly organized pages of links for students conducting research on international legal topics who wish to examine the international political context and historical background of their topics.  The second project supplements the introductory International Law course taught by Professor Setear.

Another Program project--to be coordinated with the Publications Office of the Law School and with the J.B. Moore Society for International Law--will make available an on-line, hypertext version of in-progress print brochure, "International Law at the University of Virginia Law School."  Both the print and on-line versions of this brochure have yet to be published, however.

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For corrections, comments, and questions, please e-mail John Setear.

This page was last updated on 05/03/99.