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

Keynote to take place Friday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. at 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW

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WASHINGTON, April 17, 2017 – 
On April 21, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) will host the Academic Conference of the 2017 Luxembourg Forum, taking 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,” which closes the conference, is scheduled for Friday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. in Grossman Hall of the AUWCL Tenley Campus. The program is open to the public and presented by the deans and faculty of American University’s School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, and Washington College of Law.

The featured speakers are Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court and Koen Lenaerts, President, Court of Justice of the European Union. Welcoming remarks will be 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, will introduce the topic. The program will be 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.

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

Members of the media are invited to the keynote address portion only. Media RSVPs can be sent to Franki Fitterer at or 202-274-4279.

For additional information or to RSVP, click here.*

*Due to a wonderful response to registration, we regret that the main room is filled to capacity. We will make provisions to accommodate further registration requests to be seated in the overflow room. 




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