Speakers

blumGabriella Blum

Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Harvard Law School 

Gabriella Blum is the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School, specializing in public international law, international negotiations, the law of armed conflict, and counterterrorism. She is also the faculty director of the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) and a member of the Program on Negotiation executive board.

Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in the fall of 2005, Blum served for seven years as a senior legal advisor in the International Law Department of the Military Advocate General’s Corps in the Israel Defense Forces, and for another year, as a strategy advisor to the Israeli National Security Council.

Blum is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University (LL.B. (’95), B.A. (economics) (’97)) and of Harvard Law School (LL.M. (’01) and SJD (’03)).

Blum is the author of “Islands of Agreement: Managing Enduring Armed Rivalries”, (Harvard University Press, 2007), “Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists” (MIT Press, 2010) (co-authored with Philip Heymann and recipient of the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize), and of “The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones – Confronting a New Age of Threat” (Basic Books, 2015) (co-authored with Benjamin Wittes and recipient of the Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize) as well as of journal articles in the fields of public international law and the law and morality of war.


Daniel Bodansky

Foundation Professor of Law and Faculty Co-director Center for Law and Global Affairs, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University 

Daniel M. Bodansky is a leading authority on global climate change whose teaching and research focus on international environmental law and public international law. He teaches courses in international law and sustainability and is a key player in ASU Law’s new Program on Law and Sustainability.

Prior to his arrival at ASU Law in 2010, Professor Bodansky was the associate dean for faculty development and Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. He has served as the climate change coordinator and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State, in addition to consulting for the United Nations in the areas of climate change and tobacco control. Since 2001, Professor Bodansky has been a consultant and senior advisor on the “Beyond Kyoto” and “Pocantico Dialogue” projects at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. He serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, is the U.S.-nominated arbitrator under the Antarctic Environmental Protocol, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law. Awards include an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council of Foreign Relations, a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, and a Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute.

Professor Bodansky’s scholarship includes three books and dozens of articles and book chapters on international law, international environmental law and climate change policy.


deeksAshley Deeks

Associate Professor of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Ashley Deeks joined the University of Virginia School of Law in 2012 as an associate professor of law after two years as an academic fellow at Columbia Law School. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of international law, national security, intelligence, and the laws of war. She has written a number of articles on the use of force, the intersection of national security and international law, and the laws of war. She has written a number of articles on the use of force, the intersection of national security and international law, and the laws of war. She is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law and serves as a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog. Deeks also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and is a senior fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare.

Before joining Columbia in 2010, she served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, where she worked on issues related to the law of armed conflict, the use of force, conventional weapons, and the legal framework for the conflict with al-Qaida. She also provided advice on intelligence issues. In previous positions at the State Department, Deeks advised on international law enforcement, extradition and diplomatic property questions. In 2005, she served as the embassy legal adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, during Iraq’s constitutional negotiations. Deeks was a 2007-08 Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and a visiting fellow in residence at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Deeks received her J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as comment editor on the Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


goodmanRyan Goodman

Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law, NYU Law

Ryan Goodman is professor of law and co-chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He is currently on leave serving as special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense. Prior to moving to NYU, Goodman was the inaugural Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School, where he was also and director of the Human Rights Program. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, the board of editors of International Theory, and the U.S. Naval War College’s board of advisors for international law studies. He is a member of the United States Department of State’s advisory committee on international law and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the civil liberties and national security blog, Just.Security.org

His book, “Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law” (with Derek Jinks) was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2014 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship and has recently been nominated by Oxford University Press for the 2015 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.


heiferLaurence R. Helfer

Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

Laurence R. Helfer is an expert in the areas of international law and institutions, international adjudication and dispute settlement, human rights (including LGBT rights), and international intellectual property law and policy. He is co-director of Duke Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law and a senior fellow with Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He also serves as a permanent visiting professor at the iCourts: Center of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2014.

Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty in 2009, Helfer was a professor of law and director of the International Legal Studies Program at Vanderbilt University Law School. He has also taught at Harvard Law School, Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Law School, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of World Intellectual Property.

Helfer has authored more than 70 publications and has lectured widely on his diverse research interests. He is the coauthor of “Transplanting International Courts: The Law and Politics of the Andean Tribunal of Justice” (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016); “Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Mapping the Global Interface” (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and “Human Rights” (2d ed., Foundation Press, 2009). He has also published “Intellectual Property and Human Rights” (Edward Elgar, 2013) (editor), and a monograph, “Intellectual Property Rights in Plant Varieties: International Legal Regimes and Policy Options for National Governments” (2004), with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. His articles have appeared in leading American law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems, as well as in numerous peer-reviewed political science and international law journals, such as International Organization.

Helfer holds a J.D. from New York University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was articles editor of the New York University Law Review. He also holds an MPA from Princeton University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and a BA from Yale University. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before beginning his academic career, Helfer practiced with the New York law firm of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinksy & Lieberman, P.C., focusing on international law, intellectual property litigation, and civil liberties.


Duncan Hollis (Temple) Duncan Hollis

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, James E. Beasley Professor of Law; Temple University, Beasley School of Law

Duncan B. Hollis is associate dean for academic affairs and James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple Law School. His scholarship focuses on issues of authority in international and foreign affairs law, asking who exercises authority in the formation, interpretation and application of international law, and who is it that has the authority to apply such law to, or for, national actors. Hollis has focused on treaties, interpretation, and cyberspace as the key subjects for his studies of authority. He is the editor of the “Oxford Guide to Treaties” (OUP, 2012) which was awarded the 2013 ASIL Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers. His expertise on treaty issues has been sought or used by all three branches of the federal government as well as several international organizations.  His cyber-related research studies international law’s role in regulating cyberthreats and the future of cybernorms. He is part of a team headed by research scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) that was awarded a three-year U.S Department of Defense Minerva Grant for inter-disciplinary analysis of existing norms of behavior and governance in cyberspace. Professor Hollis’ scholarship has appeared in various books and journals, including the Texas Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, the Harvard Journal of International Law, the Virginia Journal of International Law. He is a regular contributor to the premier international law blog, Opinio Juris and currently is also a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.   He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves as an adviser on its project to draft a “Fourth Restatement on the Foreign Relations Law of the United States”. In 2016, he was elected by the General Assembly of the Organization of the American States to a four year term on the OAS’s Inter-American Juridical Committee.

Professor Hollis received an A.B., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College. In 1996, he completed a joint-degree program, receiving a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Boston College Law School. At Boston College, he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review and received the James W. Smith Award for Highest Academic Rank.

Following graduation, Professor Hollis worked for the International Department of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. In 1998, Professor Hollis joined the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked until joining the Temple faculty in 2004. During his tenure at the State Department, Professor Hollis served for several years as the attorney-adviser for treaty affairs, working on various legal and constitutional issues associated with the negotiation, conclusion and implementation of U.S. treaties. Later, Professor Hollis acted as legal counsel for the Department’s Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, specializing in U.S.-Canada environmental issues and U.S. participation in multilateral environmental agreements. Professor Hollis’s practice has included international litigation before the International Court of Justice. In particular, he served as Counsel to the United States in the provisional measures phase of the Case Concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States) and contributed to the U.S. presentation in the Oil Platforms Case (Iran v. United States).


Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard) Naz Modirzadeh

Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School

Naz K. Modirzadeh is the founding Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC). In May 2016, she was appointed as a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School, having previously joined the HLS faculty as a Lecturer on Law in Fall 2014. In the Fall 2016 term, she will teach International Humanitarian Law/Laws of War, and in the Spring 2017 term she will teach Public International Law as well as International Law, Policy and Decision-Making in War: Advanced Seminar. At PILAC, Modirzadeh is responsible for overall direction of the Program, collaboration with the Faculty Director and other affiliated faculty, development of research initiatives, and engagement with key decision-makers in the armed forces, humanitarian organizations, government, and intergovernmental organizations.

Modirzadeh regularly advises and briefs international humanitarian organizations, UN agencies, and governments on issues related to international humanitarian law, human rights, and counterterrorism regulations relating to humanitarian assistance. For more than a decade, she has carried out legal research and policy work concerning a number of armed conflict situations. Her scholarship and research focus on intersections between the fields of international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and Islamic law. She frequently contributes to academic and professional initiatives in the areas of humanitarian action, counterterrorism, and the laws of war.

In addition to taking part in several expert advisory groups for UN research initiatives, Modirzadeh is a non-resident Research Fellow at the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the Naval War College and a non-resident Research Associate in the Humanitarian Policy Group of the Overseas Development Institute. She is also on the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group, on the Advisory Board of Geneva Call, and on Board of Directors of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.


posnerEric Posner

Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School

Eric Posner is Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago. His books include The Twilight of Human Rights Law (Oxford, 2014); Economic Foundations of International Law (with Alan Sykes) (Harvard, 2013); Contract Law and Theory (Aspen, 2011); The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic (with Adrian Vermeule) (Oxford, 2011); Climate Change Justice (with David Weisbach) (Princeton, 2010); The Perils of Global Legalism (Chicago, 2009); Terror in the Balance: Security, Liberty and the Courts (with Adrian Vermeule) (Oxford, 2007); New Foundations of Cost-Benefit Analysis (with Matthew Adler) (Harvard, 2006); The Limits of International Law (with Jack Goldsmith) (Oxford, 2005); Law and Social Norms (Harvard, 2000); Chicago Lectures in Law and Economics (editor) (Foundation, 2000); Cost-Benefit Analysis: Legal, Economic, and Philosophical Perspectives (editor, with Matthew Adler) (University of Chicago, 2001). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Law Institute.


alan-sykesAlan O. Sykes

Professor of Law, Stanford University

A leading expert on the application of economics to legal problems whose scholarship is focused on international economic relations, Alan O. Sykes is widely recognized as a creator of the relatively new academic discipline of international economic law—a convergence of a host of international legal issues and economics. His writing and teaching have encompassed international trade, torts, contracts, insurance, antitrust, international investment law and economic analysis of law. In 2010, he founded Stanford Law School’s LLM program in International Economic Law, Business and Policy (IELBP). Professor Sykes has been a member of the executive committee and the board of the American Law and Economics Association, and served as reporter for the American Law Institute Project on Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization. He is associate editor of the Journal of International Economic Law, a member of the board of editors of the World Trade Review, and a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law. He formerly served as an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Economics. He is a former National Science Foundation graduate fellow in the Department of Economics at Yale University.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty again in 2015 (he was on the faculty from 2005 – 2012), Professor Sykes was the Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law at NYU Law School and, prior to 2005, he was the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he also served as faculty director of curriculum.


Andrew Woods (Kentucky)Andrew Woods

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law

Andrew K. Woods is an assistant professor of law. He was recently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford (at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society). He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. His teaching and research interests include international law (public and private), the regulation of the internet, cybersecurity, and empirical legal studies.


waxmanMatthew Waxman

Liviu Librescu Professor of Law, Columbia Law School 

Matthew C. Waxman is the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security.

Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to executive power; international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and armed conflict; and terrorism. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining the the Law School faculty, he served in senior positions at the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the National Security Council. Waxman was a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he studied international relations and military history. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he also serves as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy, and he is the co-chair of the Cybersecurity Center at the Columbia Data Science Institute.

He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School.


Mark Wu (Harvard)Mark Wu

Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School.  His research focuses on international trade law, including issues concerning emerging economies, digital trade, intellectual property, trade remedies, environment, and investment.

At Harvard, Wu is a Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is also a Faculty Associate of Harvard University’s Center for the Environment.

In 2016, he was appointed by the World Trade Organization to serve on the Advisory Board for the WTO Chairs Programme.  Wu also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Trade and Foreign Direct Investment.  In addition, he works with the World Bank on assessing trade agreements and serves on multiple expert groups convened by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.  He is an Editorial Board member of the World Trade Review and of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s series on intellectual property, innovation and economic development.

Prior to academia, Wu served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.  He was the lead U.S. negotiator for the IP chapters of several free trade agreements. He continues to serve as a principal liaison to the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

Before government service, Wu worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he led engagements in technology sectors. He began his career as an economist and operations officer with the World Bank in China, working on environmental, urban development, health and rural poverty issues.  He also worked briefly as an economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.

Wu received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.Sc. in Development Economics from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his A.B. summa cum laude in Social Studies and East Asian Studies from Harvard University.