Panel to discuss U.S. violations of treaty obligations

Three noted legal scholars will tackle the trend of American violations of treaty obligations when Wayne State University Law School's Program of International Legal Studies hosts its second fall speaker event on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Wayne Law Associate Professor Paul Dubinsky and Professor of Law Brad Roth will be joined by Georgetown University Law Center Visiting Professor of Law David Stewart for a panel discussion titled "Treaties in American Law: Retreating from International Commitments?" at 12:15 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer St., Detroit. The event is free and open to the public and lunch will be served.

"Treaties have become the building blocks of the international legal order," said Professor Gregory Fox, director of Wayne Law's Program for International Legal Studies. "But in the American legal system, treaties are diminishing as a source of legal rights. The federal courts, Congress and the Executive Branch have taken a host of actions over the past few decades that both make it more difficult for individuals to claim violation of their treaty rights and remedy those violations even when they are recognized. This is especially true when it is claimed that the United States government itself violated its treaty obligations."

Dubinsky, director of graduate studies at Wayne Law, focuses his scholarship on the role of domestic courts in transnational dispute resolution, and, in particular, the interpretation of treaties, the efforts to harmonize differences in procedural law, and private international law's intersection with human rights law and with national security law. He serves on the U.S. Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

Roth specializes in international law, comparative public law, and political and legal theory. He holds a joint appointment with Wayne Law and the WSU Department of Political Science. He is widely published, and his most recent book, "Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement" (Oxford University Press, 2011) is critically acclaimed.

Stewart focuses on public and private international law and foreign relations law, directs the Global Law Scholars Program and co-directs the Center for Transnational Business and the Law. He has served in a variety of senior positions in the Office of Legal Advisor to the U.S. Department of State. In 2008, he was elected to the Inter-American Judicial Committee, an advisory body to the Organization of American States on judicial matters of an international nature and promotes the progressive development and codification of international law. He is on the External Advisory Committee for Wayne Law's Program of International Studies.

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Published: Mon, Sep 17, 2012