Law professor to speak on foreign wars and international litigation


Wayne State University Law School's Program for International Legal Studies is hosting a lecture by University of Georgia Law Professor Peter Rutledge titled "Foreign Wars: The New Battleground in International Litigation." The lecture, the last in the Fall 2011 Speaker Series, will take place from 12:15-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. (Please note: The date and title of this lecture have changed.)

"Federal courts in the United States are increasingly faced with lawsuits by foreign nationals alleging that their human rights have been violated in conflicts overseas," said Gregory Fox, director of Wayne Law's Program for International Legal Studies. "On one hand, these cases present compelling stories of tragic suffering. On the other, one may well ask whether U.S. courts are the right place for these victims to seek compensation. Rutledge is one of the country's leading authorities on transnational civil litigation and the perfect person to address this difficult set of questions."

Rutledge is a full professor whose teaching and research interests include international dispute resolution, arbitration, international business transactions and the Supreme Court. He is the author of the forthcoming book Arbitration and the Constitution and co-author with Gary Born of the book International Civil Litigation in the United States. His work has been published by Yale University Press, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and his articles have appeared in a diverse array of journals such as the University of Chicago Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Journal of International Arbitration. He also regularly advises parties on matters of international dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration).

In 2008, the Supreme Court appointed Rutledge to brief and argue the case of Irizarry v. United States as amicus curiae in defense of the judgment below. He subsequently won the case, joining the ranks of a select few advocates who have successfully defended a judgment below when the government refused to do so. A former law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, Rutledge regularly files briefs and advises lawyers in matters before the Supreme Court and lower courts.

The event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided. For more information regarding the event or the Program for International Legal Studies, visit

Published: Wed, Oct 26, 2011


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