American University Hosts Luxembourg Forum Academic Conference with Keynote Program Featuring U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Court of Justice of the European Union President Koen Lenaerts

 


On Friday, April 21, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) hosted the Academic Conference of the 2017 Luxembourg Forum, which took place in Washington April 18-21. The Luxembourg Forum is a legal exchange between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that provides high-level transatlantic judicial consultations and discussion with principal goals of facilitating dialogue and enhancing mutual understanding between the U.S. and EU judicial systems.   

The Keynote Conversation “Judges as Diplomats in Advancing the Rule of Law,” featured Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court and Koen Lenaerts, President, Court of Justice of the European Union. The program was moderated by Professor Bill Davies of the School of Public Affairs and Professor Fernanda G. Nicola, international and comparative law professor at Washington College of Law. Welcoming remarks were made by Anthony E. Varona, vice dean and professor of law at Washington College of Law. Barbara Romzek, dean of the AU School of Public Affairs, introduced the topic.

The program was open to the public and featured a lively conversation between Justice Breyer and President Lenaerts before a crowd of more than 350 students, faculty, staff, and conference attendees. The day-long program was presented by the deans and faculty of American University’s School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, and Washington College of Law.

“We were honored to host the Academic Conference segment of the forum, and to welcome the delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union at the Tenley Campus,” said AUWCL Dean Camille Nelson. “We were especially pleased to host this prestigious event with AU’s School of Public Affairs and School of International Service, and to have Justice Breyer and President Lenaerts participate in a high-level conversation before our campus community.” 

Please see the photo gallery below.

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Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
Prof. Nicola moderating keynote conversation.
Prof. Nicola moderating keynote conversation.
CJEU President Koen Lenaerts and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
CJEU President Koen Lenaerts and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
American University students with Justice Breyer.
American University students with Justice Breyer.
Associate Justice Breyer taking selfies with students.
Associate Justice Breyer taking selfies with students.
Hon. Reggie Walton '74, Hon. Irma Raker '72, Justice Breyer, Hon. Michael O'Keefe, and Zuberi Williams '03.
Hon. Reggie Walton '74, Hon. Irma Raker '72, Justice Breyer, Hon. Michael O'Keefe, and Zuberi Williams '03.
CJEU President Lenaerts with AU Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Clark.
CJEU President Lenaerts with AU Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Clark.
Associate Justice Breyer and Vice Dean Tony Varona in the Weinstein Courtroom.
Associate Justice Breyer and Vice Dean Tony Varona in the Weinstein Courtroom.