Students From Top US Law Schools to Explore the Future of International Law and Public Service




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Feb 22, 2018
by Sarah Sexton
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Students From Top US Law Schools to Explore the Future of International Law and Public Service

Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program convenes for a sixth year, bringing together top law students with mentors from across law and public service sectors The United States Institute for Peace (Credit: Jason Vines/Flickr)

Amidst political upheaval and a rising tide of nationalism around the world, 54 students from 11 top US law schools will gather in Washington, DC this weekend to discuss the future of international law at the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, February 23-24.     
The Fellows will hear from prominent legal professionals and public servants, including Diane Wood, Chief Judge of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Ivan Šimonović, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect.

On Friday at the United States Institute of Peace, faculty advisors from each of the participating law schools – Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, University of Virginia, and Yale – will guide the Fellows through workshops as they discuss their research papers tackling issues in international law ranging from trade and investment law to the law of war.

Former CIA and FBI director William H. Webster will discuss FBI independence with John B. Bellinger, III, former US Legal Adviser, over dinner with the Fellows sponsored by law firm Arnold & Porter LLP on Friday evening.

The Fellows will then be joined on Saturday by mentors from institutions including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and New Markets Lab to discuss how legal training can be used for the public good. Two mentors, Joseph Klingler and Eric Lorber, are themselves past Salzburg Cutler Fellows and are now working as an associate at Foley Hoag LLP and senior advisor to the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the US Treasury Department, respectively.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program was established in memory of Lloyd N. Cutler, the Washington “superlawyer” who served as White House Counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton. Cutler also served as Chair of Salzburg Global’s Board of Directors for a decade and advocated passionately for mentoring young leaders with a commitment to shaping a better world through law and rule of law.

Since its founding in 2012, the Cutler Fellows Program has carried forward Lloyd Cutler’s legacy and continues to empower rising legal professionals from around the world. This year’s cohort collectively represents 23 countries, including  Argentina, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, and Pakistan.

Following this year’s Program, one student will be selected to travel to Salzburg in May 2018 to serve as rapporteur at this year’s high-level meeting of the Public Sector Strategy Network, a multi-year initiative at Salzburg Global Seminar run in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The annual program collaborates with eleven of the leading U.S. law schools. This year's program is being sponsored by NYU Washington and Arnold & Porter. More information on the session is available here. You can follow all of the discussions on Twitter by following the #cutlerfellows hashtag.