Lawyers for a Just Society – Top Law Students Meet for Annual Cutler Fellows Program

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Feb 19, 2020
by Soila Kenya
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Lawyers for a Just Society – Top Law Students Meet for Annual Cutler Fellows Program

Law students from 14 US Law Schools meet in Washington, DC, for three days to discuss the future of public and private international law. Lady Justice. Image: Pixabay/Sang Hyun Cho

Students from top US law schools will convene in Washington, DC this weekend to discuss the ways in which international law and legal systems can shape a more just society across borders.
These 56 participants will be the eighth cohort of the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program. Along with their accompanying professors, they will take part in a mixture of keynote talks, workshops and mentoring discussions.

Over the course of two days (February 20 to 22), the Cutler Fellows will be addressed by a high-level line-up of speakers from the legal community. These include Judge Diane P. Wood, Chief United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for The Seventh Circuit; Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS); John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP and former Legal Adviser to the US Department of State and National Security Council; and Stephen J. Hadley, Principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, former United States National Security Advisor.

They will also explore their personal goals and diverse avenues for law and public service with the help of mentors from the International Monetary Fund, New Markets Lab, Third Way, Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Covington & Burling.

Opening the program on the Friday evening, Bellinger and Hadley will discuss “War Powers.” The timely discussion will focus not only on the evolution of the war making authority of Congress and the Executive branch in the years since the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, but also on the recent strike on General Qassem Suleimani, and the current War Powers resolution in the US Senate.

This year’s program, which has 12 countries represented among the cohort, is the first to welcome Cornell Law, Northwestern Law and UC Berkeley Law to the Cutler Fellows Program. Other law schools represented among the cohort include: Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, the University of Virginia, and Yale.

Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson professor of law at Harvard Law School will be reprising his role as Program Chair, along with fellow Program Directors William Burke-White, professor of law at Penn Law School and Stephen L. Salyer, president and CEO of Salzburg Global Seminar.

The Fellows stand to gain a wide range of benefits from the program; they will receive perspectives on their research papers from renowned law faculty and peers, advice on how to successfully publish their research papers in international journals, career-shaping insights in both traditional and non-traditional pathways to international law as well as public service, and access to an expanding network of former and future Salzburg Cutler Fellows from around the world.

Lloyd N. Cutler, for whom the program is named, deeply believed in the role that law plays in nation building, and in the ability of the law and legal experts to contribute solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Having served as White House Counsel for two presidents and as Chairman of the Board of Salzburg Global Seminar, he also championed for the early identification and mentoring of young leaders with a yearning to make the world a better place through law and the rule of law.


The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The program is held in collaboration with fourteen of the leading US law schools. This year’s program is being sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP, B. Thomas Mansbach, a board member and the chair of the Cutler Center Advisory Board and NYU Washington, DC, and contributors to the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law.