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The John Sumner Stead Annual Lecture on International and Comparative Law brings a distinguished speaker to Baltimore each year to discuss new developments in international and comparative law

2016 Hot Topics in International Adjudication
Professor Sean D. Murphy, the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School

2015 Human Rights Across the Globe
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

2014 The Relationship Between Social Legitimacy and Effectiveness
Professor Yuval Shany of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2013 The Role of Transparency in Public International Law
Professor Anne Peters of the University of Basel and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin presented a lecture titled "The Role of Transparency in Public International Law," about how openness, access to information, truth and publicity can contribute to a more just world order.  Peters, Past president of the European Society of International Law, is a member of the Council of Europe's Commission for Democracy Through Law (the Venice Commission). She is currently the Director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.


2012 Drones, Kill Lists, and American Values

Scott Shane is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he covers national security. He has written extensively about targeted killing under the Obama administration and the debate over torture during the Bush administration, and his 2007 articles on interrogation, written with several colleagues, were a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. More recently he has written about the American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the prosecution of alleged leakers of classified information, the evolving terrorist threat, the reorganization of intelligence agencies, the government’s secret effort to reclassify historical documents and the explosion in federal contracting.


 2011 Third World Approaches to International Law

Professor Antony Anghie is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of International Law at the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.  He is the author of Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law (Cambridge, 2005) and the editor with B.S. Chimni, Kavin Mickelson and obiora Okafor of The Third World and International Legal Order (Kluwer, 2003).  Professor Anghie has taught at the University of Melbourne, Cornell Law School, American University Cairo, the University of Auckland, the University of Tokyo, and the Law College in Sri Lanka, and lectured to students and scholars in many other nations. Professor Anghie was educated at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia (B.A., LL.B.) and at Harvard Law School (S.J.D.), where he also served as a MacArthur Scholar at the Harvard Center for International Affairs and a Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program at the law school.

2010 Justice, Peace and Prevention

Juan E. Méndez is former Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide and an advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court. Until May 2009, he was the President of the International Center for Transnational Justice. Mr. Méndez has been nominated for appointment as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. A native of Argentina with a long and distinguished record of advocacy throughout the Americas, Mr. Méndez has dedicated his legal career to the defense of human rights. Due to his involvement in representing political prisoners, the Argentine military dictatorship arrested him and subjected him to torture and administrative detention for more than a year. During this time, Amnesty International adopted Mr. Méndez as a “prisoner of con-science.” After his expulsion from Argentina, he became active in Human Rights Watch, serving as general counsel from 1994 to 1996.

2009 International Law in a Kaleidoscopic World

Professor Edith Brown Weiss is the Frances Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown. Her scholarly interests include international, environmental, and water resources law, as well as trade and the environment. From 2003-2007, Professor Brown Weiss served as the president of the 3-member Inspection Panel of the World Bank, an appointment made at the vice-presidential level. From 1990 to 1992, she served as associate general counsel for international activities at the EPA.

2008 Universal Values and Local Difference in International Law: The Case of the European Court of Justice

Dr. Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki was educated in international law and political science at the University of Amsterdam, and obtained a doctorate from the same university in 1996 (with distinction). The lecture will address the attitude of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) towards international law. While the ECJ is often heralded as an ‘international law-friendly’ institution, the lecture will explore to what extent this image holds true. It will conclude that the ECJ often displays a fairly parochial attitude towards international law, protecting EU law against outside interference.


2007 Human Rights in Multiethnic Societies

Dr. Bisera Turkovic is the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States of America, the United Mexican States and the Federative Republic of Brazil. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Turkovic served as the Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations Office in Vienna,Austria (UNOV). She has also served as ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.

2006 Modern War and Modern Law

David Kennedy is the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, joining the faculty in 1981 after teaching in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He is the founder of the New Approaches to International Law project. Professor Kennedy's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy and the nature of professional expertise. He is particularly interested in the politics of the transnational regime for economic policy making.

2005 Better than Knowing More?—Unpacking the Controversy Over Supreme Court References to Non-U.S. Law

Mark Tushnet is Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He received an M.A. in history and a J.D. from Yale University in 1971. He clerked for Judge George Edwards and Justice Thurgood Marshall before beginning to teach at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1973. Professor Tushnet is the co-author of four casebooks, including the most widely used casebook on constitutional law, Constitutional Law (with Stone, Seidman and Sunstein). He has written 14 books, including a two-volume work on the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall and A Court Divided: The Rehnquist Court and the Future of Constitutional Law.