Past Program

Nov 16, 2012

Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program: The Future of Public and Private International Law


Salzburg Global Seminar, in partnership with nine of the top U.S. law schools, is launching a one-of-a-kind program for second-year students interested in international law and legal practice in the fall of 2012. Named for Lloyd N. Cutler, the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program: The Future of Public and Private International Law will convene 45 students nominated by their law schools along with leading judges and practitioners for a highly interactive exploration of leading edge issues in international law.

The one-day "seminar" will be held at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, DC on Friday, November 16, and is designed to illuminate career options for the participants, allow them to present ideas and have them critiqued, and build networks to assist in making career choices. A small number of leading law firms are being invited to participate in the program. Unlike other international law programs, Salzburg Cutler Fellows are invited to present proposals on cutting-edge topics, to offer and receive feedback on their ideas, and to join a global network designed to help them navigate career-building opportunities.

Purpose and objectives

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is designed to encourage the careers of an exceptional group of young lawyers - men and women eager to help define the future course of international law and legal institutions. Each of the law schools will nominate five second-year students to become Salzburg Cutler Fellows, and to participate in the seminar. The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program offers a truly unprecedented opportunity or students interested in writing research papers on international law related topics and who seek to build the networks - both with one another and with more senior academics and practitioners - necessary for successful careers in international law today.




9:00-9:10 Welcome: Stephen Salyer, President & Chief Executive, Salzburg Global Seminar

9:10-10:30 Opening Plenary: The Narrowing Divide Between Private and Public International Law

The plenary panel will feature Yale University Law Professor Michael Reisman and John Bellinger (Arnold & Porter and former US Legal Adviser). They will present views from academia and practice on the future importance of private and public law in the international sector, and consider how the field is changing, particularly, areas of opportunity for both academic research and legal practice.

10:45-12:45 Morning Break Out Sessions: Discussion of Research Projects

Cutler Fellows will meet in small thematic groups to present and discuss individual student research proposals prepared by students and circulated in advance. Professors and leading practitioners will engage in discussion with the Cutler Fellows and provide targeted feedback on each proposal. Thematic groups focus on the following topics and are led by the indicated professors.

  • Use of force and humanitarian law (Matt Waxman, Columbia, Ryan Goodman, NYU, Ashley Deeks, UVA)
  • International economic and monetary law (Chris Brummer, Georgetown, Michael Reisman, Yale)
  • International trade (Mark Wu, Harvard)
  • International institutions and international relations (William Burke-White, Penn, Jenny Martinez, Stanford)
  • Rule of law and domestic responses to international law (Tom Ginsburg, Chicago, Amy Gadsden, Penn)

1:00-2:15 Luncheon Keynote

Justice Richard Goldstone will deliver a keynote luncheon address.

Richard Joseph Goldstone is a South African former judge. After working for 17 years as a commercial lawyer, he was appointed by the South African government to serve on the Transvaal Supreme Court from 1980 to 1989 and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa from 1990 to 1994. He was one of several liberal judges who issued key rulings that undermined apartheid from within the system by tempering the worst effects of the country's racial laws. Among other important rulings, Goldstone made the Group Areas Act – under which non-whites were banned from living in "whites only" areas – virtually unworkable by restricting evictions. As a result, prosecutions under the act virtually ceased.

2:30-3:45 Afternoon Break Out Sessions

Thematic group discussions started during the morning break out sessions will continue with a focus on how Fellows can move paper proposals toward finished, publishable research articles.

4:00-5:20 Closing Plenary

Leading practitioners of international law, including Elizabeth Andersen (American Society of International Law), Michael Bahar (U.S. House of Representatives, General Counsel to the House Intelligence Committee), and Natalie Reed (invited), will reflect on career paths and possibilities in international law. Cutler Fellows will have the opportunity to engage them in a discussion of how to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities of careers in international law.

5:20-5:30 Closing Comments: Stephen Salyer

5:30-6:30 Networking Reception

Participant Profile

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program will bring together 45 second-year law students to work in session with faculty and professionals. Each law school has sent five Fellows, selected based on strong academic records and interest in international law. Participants are selected by their schools through an application and nomination process.

University of Chicago School of Law:

Eric Alston, David King, Karen Leung, Megan O&rsquo, Neill Christine Ricardo;

Columbia Law School:

Abiola Fasehun, Nathaniel Lai, Angela Lee, Sam Levander, Sarah Saadoun;

Georgetown University Law Center:

Melanie Benesh, Ziyi Huang, James E. Perry, Matt Smallcomb, Robert Stewart;

Harvard Law School:

Ashley Belyea, Samuel Birnbaum, Natascha Born, Andrew Mamo, Derrick Sutter;

New York University School of Law:

Christopher deLaubenfels, Akiva Fishman, Emily Kenney, Julianne Marley, Douglas Petersen;

University of Pennsylvania Law School:

Audrey M. Banks, Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee, Francesco De Prospero, Eric Lorber, Lucy Seyfarth;

Stanford Law School:

University of Virginia School of Law:

Jim Manning, Emily Ponder, Melissa Reilly-Diakun, Kendra Wergin;

Yale Law School:

Justin Accomando, Christina Koningisor, Michael Shih, Tina Thomas, Jacob Victor;