FROM THE DIRECTOR

Legomsky
Stephen H. Legomsky, Director of the Institute for Global Legal Studies and Charles F. Nagel Professor of International and Comparative Law

It is trite but true: We live in a global age. People, goods, services, capital, and information flow freely across international boundaries. From the Internet, e-mail, and fax machines to travel, migration, commerce, and foreign relations, the story of the new millennium will be our ever shrinking planet. The world's problems - and the problems entrusted to lawyers - will increasingly require international cooperation and international solutions.

Long before global legal education became a catch phrase, the Washington University School of Law had established itself as a haven for intellectually vibrant faculty and students in search of global solutions to real life problems. Today,

"Long before global legal education became a catch phrase, the Washington University School of Law had established itself as a haven for intellectually vibrant faculty and students in search of global solutions to real-life problems."

that proud tradition is writ large, in this school's student recruitment, teaching strategies, curriculum, extracurricular activities, international student exchange programs, faculty appointments, scholarly productivity and other accomplishments, conferences, speaker series, and external relations.

With this history, it seemed only natural to formalize and enhance our commitment to a global strategy. Our new Institute for Global Legal Studies was the logical next step. It reflects the confluence of new and old - the new spirit of modern globalism and the old international traditions of Washington University and its School of Law.

The Institute will be a vessel for gathering and sustaining a broad range of international projects. Through a combination of educational and research initiatives, the Institute will draw on international, foreign, and comparative law to expand our knowledge and understanding of contemporary problems and contribute to their solutions. It will prepare students to practice law, and to develop policy, in the globalized society in which they will live and work. It will utilize the vast pool of talent overseas and promote interaction between the students and faculty of Washington University and their colleagues from other nations. In the process, the Institute will foster the already lively international environment within the four walls of the law school and throughout the Washington University campus.

We are aiming high. We fully intend to become one of the world's premier international centers of legal education and research. With the talent, energy, and commitment of our faculty, students, and administration, and with the generous support that we have been privileged to receive from our alumni and other friends, this goal is within reach.


"Our new Institute for Global Legal Studies was the logical next step. It reflects the confluence of new and old - the new spirit of modern globalism and the old international traditions of Washington University and its School of Law."

Our strong international and comparative law faculty forms the nucleus of an internal, 16-member advisory board, which for the past year has participated actively in the planning and operation of the Institute. An external board of respected statesmen, international judges, distinguished international law scholars, international industrialists, and other prominent people will also advise the Director and will additionally assist with visibility, contacts, and fund raising. (See the separate article on the International Council.)

The Institute's core activity will be annual conferences on topics of contemporary global importance. Each conference will be planned two years in advance by a different member of the law faculty, often in collaboration with a foreign colleague. With generous funding, ample advance notice, and lofty ambitions, the aim is to identify serious but solvable problems, attract the most impressive minds in the world, elicit first-rate ground breaking papers, arrange publication by an outstanding academic press, and distribute the book widely.

The first conference in this series will be on the subject of constitutional courts, a topic of vital importance to the emerging democracies and to the more established democracies as well. It will be held on November 1-3, 2001. The conference is being co-organized by two distinguished authorities - Professor Stanley L. Paulson, who holds a joint appointment in the School of Law and the Department of Philosophy, and Professor Lee Epstein, Professor of Law and the Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Political Science. The lineup of speakers includes Ronald Dworkin, Juergen Habermas, Frank Michaelman, Nobel Laureate Douglass North, and a host of other exceptional scholars. For more information about the constitutional courts conference, please see the separate article later in this brochure.

Other existing law school operations are also international in nature - recruiting JD and graduate law students interested in international, foreign, or comparative law; planning an international curriculum; advising students about international curricular choices; advising foreign students; several student exchange programs with foreign law schools; job placement and career advice for students and graduates interested in overseas or other international opportunities; the International Law Students Association; the Asian Law Students Association; the Jessup International Moot Court team; the LLM program for international students; the international law library collection; and many others. The Institute will likely play supportive and advisory roles in these endeavors.

Since most contemporary issues cross both national and disciplinary boundaries, the Institute will also collaborate with the new Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and with scholars in other departments of the University.

The 1999-2000 academic year was devoted principally to planning, but the Institute sponsored a number of stimulating and accomplished speakers who interacted productively with students and faculty. We had some exceptionally interesting guests, including Thomas Franck, NPR's China correspondent Mary Kay Magistad, a delegation of German Marshall fellows from six nations, and a delegation of Turkish law deans. The Institute will continue to bring to the School of Law a steady stream of distinguished United States and international speakers. For more information on our speaker series, please see the separate article later in this brochure.

The Institute's grand inaugural event will be a colloquium on November 17-18, 2000. The subject will be the United Nations and the Protection of Human Rights. We are delighted to have with us Judge Patricia Wald of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Dr. Francis Deng, the U.N. Secretary General's Special Representative for Internally Displaced Persons; Ambassador Aida González Martínez of Mexico, who chairs the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; Justice Richard Goldstone, the first Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International

"We are aiming high. We fully intend to become one of the world's premier international centers of legal education and research."

Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; former Congressman John Anderson, the 1980 independent candidate for President of the United States and now the President and CEO of the World Federalist Association; former CBS foreign correspondent Richard C. Hottelet, one of the original "Murrow Boys" and an expert on the United Nations; Erika Feller, Director of the Department of International Protection of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Professor Thomas Franck; Professor Ruth Wedgwood; and Professor Cherif Bassiouni, nominated last year for the Nobel Peace Prize, the father of the International Criminal Court, and the former head of the UN factfinding mission in Sarajevo.

You are warmly invited to attend. For more detail, please see the separate article later in this brochure.

Needless to say, we are all truly excited. I hope you will take a moment to browse through this brochure and get a brief glimpse of what we have in store.