American University Washington College of Law and
the American Society of International Law Present Annual Grotius Lecture
On March 30, 2016, American University Washington College of Law sponsored the 18th Annual Grotius Lecture as part of the opening of the American Society of International Law’s (ASIL) 110th Annual Meeting. ASIL’s meeting theme, “Charting New Frontiers in International Law,” was the focus for over 40 keynote addresses, panels, and programs featuring more than 100 speakers from around the world during the four day meeting.
This year’s Grotius Lecturer, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, discussed the challenges to international law in the 21st Century. Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Margaret McKeown served as the program’s Distinguished Discussant and AUWCL Dean Claudio Grossman provided introductions.
Seventeen years ago, the International Legal Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law and ASIL launched the Grotius Lecture as an opening event for ASIL's annual meeting. The event is named after Hugo Grotius, who is considered the father of international law, and provides a forum for respected diplomats, scholars, and lawyers to present their ideas to ASIL members and the international legal community.
“Our law school is proud to sponsor the opening of the most important gathering for international law in the world,” said Dean Grossman. “President Bachelet is an excellent addition to a long line of distinguished Grotius lecturers. Grotius encourages us to think creatively, but to evaluate with realism, how to capture the needs of the international community when conducting international relations through the rule of law and formulating norms that regulate behavior.”
President Bachelet was the first female president of Chile, serving from 2006-2010. Before returning to the presidency in December 2013, she led the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as its inaugural executive director.
March 21, 2016
March is Women’s History Month, and with it comes an opportunity to pause and reflect on the impact of the founding of Washington College of Law by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett in 1898. These two remarkable women did more than just found one of the first coeducational law schools in the country. They founded an institution whose graduates have shaped major 20th century advances in gender equality and changed the face of the practice of law.
April 9, 2015
On April 8, AUWCL and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) presented the 17th Annual Grotius Lecture to a crowd of more than 600 to open the 109th ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. This year's distinguished lecturer was Sir Kenneth Keith, former judge of the International Court of Justice. H.E. Dame Rosalyn Higgins, past president of the International Court of Justice, served as the distinguished discussant, and Dean Claudio Grossman moderated the panel.