Grotius Lecture: "Should International Law Lead or Follow in Changing Times?"
Co-sponsored by American University Washington College of Law
Lecturer: Professor Antony Anghie, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Discussant: Anne Marie Slaughter, US Department of State
With over a century of tradition and experience behind it, ASIL's Annual Meeting has become the most important gathering in the field of international law. More than 1,000 practitioners, academics, and students travel to Washington, DC, each spring from all over the world to debate and discuss the latest developments in their field.
Tony Anghie, Samuel D. Thurman Professorship, received a B.A. (1986) and an LL.B. (1987) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He earned his S.J.D. (1995) at Harvard Law School, where he also served as a senior fellow from 1993 to 1995. Professor Anghie completed an internship with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. in 1994. His research interests include public international law, international commercial transactions and human rights. He practiced for several years in Australia in employment law, administrative law, and international law. Professor Anghie joined the S.J. Quinney College of Law faculty in 1995. He has taught at the University of Tokyo and the University of Auckland and he lectures frequently in Sri Lanka.
He teaches contracts, international law, international business transactions, and international environmental law.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is currently the President and CEO of New America, a think tank and civic enterprise with offices in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.
Professor Antony Anghie explains how the events of 9/11 marked a sea change in America's stance on international law. Anghie cites the Bush Doctrine's preemptive actions against "rouge states" as a regression in U.S. international law policy, comparing it to campaigns against "uncivilized" states during the 19th century.