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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 Professor Sean D. Murphy
George Washington University
"International Adjudication"

2015 Senator Benjamin Cardin
United States Senate
"Human Rights Across the Globe"

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

2013 Professor Anne Peters
University of Basel
"The Role of Transparency in Public International Law"


2012 Scott Shane
New York Times
"Drones, Kill Lists, and American Values"


2011 Professor Antony Anghie
University of Utah
"Third World Approaches to International Law"

2010 Juan E. Méndez
United Nations
"Justice, Peace and Prevention"

2009 Professor Edith Brown Weiss
Georgetown University
"International Law in a Kaleidoscopic World"

2008 Professor Jan Klabbers
University of Helsinki
"International Law in the European Court of Justice"


2007 Dr. Bisera Turkovic
Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Human Rights in Multi-ethnic Societies"

2006 Professor David Kennedy
Harvard University
"Modern War and Modern Law"

2005 Professor Mark Tushnet
Georgetown University
"The Supreme Court and non-U.S. Law"

2004 Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter
Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
"A New World Order"

2003 Judge Thomas Buergenthal
International Court of Justice
"The Renaissance of International Legal Institutions"

2002 Dr. Lael Brainard
Brookings Institution
"Smoothing the Rough Edges of Globalization"

2001 Judge S. Sandile Ngcobo
South African Supreme Court
"Truth, Justice and Amnesty in South Africa"

2000 Judge Stephen M. Schwebel
International Court of Justice
"International Courts and Tribunals in the Next Century"

1999 Professor Richard Falk
"Humanitarian Intervention after Kosovo"

1998 Professor Lori Fisler Damrosch
Columbia University
"Economic Sanctions to Enforce International Law"

1997 Senator Paul Sarbanes
United States Senate
"Law and Justice in International Relations"

1996 Conrad Harper
United States Department of State
"Law of Nations and Nation of Laws"