Expert to discuss law, international organizations

Kristina Daugirdas, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School, will present “How and Why International Law Binds International Organizations” on Thursday, March 10, at Wayne State University Law School.

For decades, controversy has dogged claims about whether and to what extent international law binds international organizations like the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. The question has important consequences for humanitarian law, economic rights and environmental protection. Daugirdas will discuss a forthcoming article, to be published in the Harvard International Law Journal, in which she aims to resolve the controversy by supplying a theory about when and how international law binds international organizations.

The lecture will take place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Admission is free,
and lunch is provided. Parking is available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law. The lecture is sponsored by the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies.

Daugirdas teaches Transnational Law, International and U.S. Environmental Law, and a course and seminar on the United Nations and other international organizations. In 2014, she was awarded the Francis Deák Prize for an outstanding article published in the American Journal of International Law by a younger author. An earlier article published in the Maryland Law Review earned an award from the American Constitution Society’s Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Daugirdas serves as co-editor of the Contemporary Practice of the United States section of the American Journal of International Law.

Before joining the University of Michigan faculty, she was an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the legal adviser. In that role, she provided guidance on the negotiation and implementation of UN Security Council sanctions and amicus participation by the U.S. government in lawsuits with foreign policy implications.

Daugirdas earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University, law degree from New York University School of Law and
postgraduate diploma in economics from the London School of Economics.

For additional information about this event, contact Professor Gregory Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies, at


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