Keynote Address: A Conversation with Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Co-Sponsored by George Washington University Law School
Discussants: SUSAN L. KARAMANIAN George Washington University Law School
LUCINDA A. LOW Lucinda A. Low, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
International law, and the world in which it operates, are increasingly both harmonious and dissonant. The Society’s Annual Meeting in 2011 will focus on the evolution of international law in the context of this paradox.
The paradox of simultaneous segmentation and seamlessness raises important questions. Most broadly, when should international law be segmented, and when should it be seamless? What are the mechanisms for deciding this question, and what are the values that inform those decisions? What do these trends say about international law as a coherent system? To what extent are certain groups and their viewpoints excluded or ignored? What does this say about who the influential players within the international legal system are, and how that influence is exercised? What does the existence of competing conceptions of international law itself mean for ASIL's constituents, including judges deciding international issues, practitioners seeking to persuade courts and craft international policy, and scholars seeking to understand and propose solutions to global problems?
Society members are uniquely positioned to tackle these questions with their diverse perspectives, experiences, and areas of expertise, and their unifying commitment to investigating the limits and possibilities of international law. We look forward to an exciting and dynamic meeting that will examine such trends, and their implications for international law and legal institutions in the 21st century.
Angel Gurria is Secretary-General of the OECD.
Susan L Karamanian
Susan L. Karamanian Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School.
Lucinda A. Low
Lucinda A. Low is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she is a member of the International Department, heads the firm's FCPA practice, and serves on the firm's Executive Committee. She has a practice focusing on US and international anti-corruption laws, advising clients on matters ranging from preventive work to representation in internal investigations and enforcement matters worldwide. She is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international conventions from the OECD, OAS, United Nations, and European Union.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría makes a passionate statement on the need for international economic and regulatory institutions to coordinate better with one another, a shortcoming he cites as one reason for the recent global financial crisis. "We are back in the same old business," says Gurría. "Now that we saw that it doesn't work, how are we going back to the same old ways?"