Upcoming Program

Nov 29 - Nov 29, 2018

The Eighth Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law

Cutler Lecture 8


The Cutler Lectureship, in memory of Lloyd N. Cutler, who served Salzburg Global Seminar for more than two decades as Board Chair, is presented annually and features a distinguished speaker on a vital legal issue of international interest. 

The Eighth Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture will be hosted by Salzburg Global Seminar in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. (venue TBD). The lecture will be delivered by James Thornton, founding CEO of ClientEarth, Europe's first public interest environmental law organization. 

About James Thornton

Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, Europe's first public interest environmental law organization. Founded in 2007 and now operating globally, ClientEarth uses advocacy, litigation, and research to address the greatest challenges of our time - including climate change, biodiversity loss, and toxic chemicals. Thornton takes governments and corporations to court, and wins. And his client is the Earth.   

The New Statesman has named Thornton one of 10 people who could change the world. At the invitation of its Chief Justice, Thornton advises the Supreme People's Court of China on the development and enforcement of environmental law. He previously prevented Poland from building a new generation of coal-fired power stations and almost singlehandedly restored the enforcement of the Clean Water Act in the United States after the Reagan Administration flouted the law. 

He is a solicitor of England and Wales, and a member of the bar in New York, California, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Last year, Thornton co-authored the book Client Earth, which tells the story of the organization's progress over the past decade. It won the Judge's Choice award at the inaugural Business Book Awards in 2018. 

Thornton graduated from Yale, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was Editor of the Law Review. He clerked with Judge John Minor Wisdom in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, is a Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and a fellow of the Ashoka Foundation. 

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Logistics & Program

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Venue: TBD
Program: Doors open 6:00 p.m. | Lecture and Reception 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. 

About Lloyd N. Cutler

Lloyd N. Cutler (1917-2005), who has been described as the last "super lawyer," had a brilliant legal career. A founder of the Washington, DC law firm, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and White House Counsel to two US presidents, he fulfilled the calling of a public servant over his lifetime. He was a long-time champion of Salzburg Global Seminar and a friend and colleague to many of the distinguished jurists, attorneys and policymakers whom he encouraged to attend its sessions.

For almost 30 years, Cutler played a central role in guiding Salzburg Global Seminar, serving as board chairman from 1984 to 1994, and as the visionary who helped broaden the focus of Salzburg Global's distinguished series of law sessions.

As a lasting tribute to the Cutler legacy, Salzburg Global Seminar has established the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law whose mission is threefold: 

  1. To seek solutions to global problems in areas where the law is inadequate or unfolding
  2. To advance the role of independent judiciaries globally and promote universal access to justice
  3. To employ innovative methods to engage new audiences and raise awareness of legal principles and why they matter.

Lloyd Cutler's influence on both people and institutions is felt thoughout the United States and around the world. In his tradition and his name, Salzburg Global Seminar continues to advance the Rule of Law through the Lloyd N. Cutler Center with the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program and the Annual Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture.

Multi-Year Series


The Cutler Center was established to continue the legacy of Lloyd N. Cutler (1917–2005). Under the Center’s auspices, the Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law is presented annually in Washington, DC, and features a distinguished speaker on a vital legal issue of international interest. Additionally, the Cutler Center convenes Rule of Law seminars in Salzburg, Austria and the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program in Washington, DC.