International Court of Justice Judge Joan Donoghue to Speak at University of Idaho College of Law

Wednesday, April 3 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho College of Law will host International Court of Justice Judge Joan Donoghue in two public keynote speeches April 9-10 in Boise and Moscow.

Donoghue will present the keynote speech entitled, “The Role of International Law Today: Reflections from the World Court,” on Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom, 802 W. Bannock St. in Boise, and Wednesday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Idaho College of Law Menard Building Courtroom, 711 S. Rayburn St. in Moscow. The public will have a chance to meet Donoghue during a reception following both events.

“As the world is becoming ever more globalized, we find ourselves facing global problems from human trafficking to overfishing of our oceans. International law is the invisible glue that binds states together to solve pressing global issues. We are honored to have Judge Donoghue explain how international law might be able to help us resolve some of our most difficult global security problems,” said Anastasia Telesetsky, associate professor in the University of Idaho’s College of Law.

Donoghue is the first American woman to be elected to the International Court of Justice by the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council since its creation in 1946. As part of her duties, she deliberates on disputes between nations and answers legal questions at the request of certain U.N. agencies.

Before her election to the International Court of Justice in 2010, Donoghue had a distinguished career as a government attorney serving as the principal deputy legal adviser in the U.S. State Department, as well as the deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She also served as the acting legal adviser of the Department of State for the first six months of President Barack Obama’s administration. She was recognized for her service with both the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award and the Distinguished Honor Award, the highest award given by the U.S. Secretary of State.

In addition to government service, Donoghue has taught international law and foreign relations law at the University of California in Berkeley, Georgetown University and George Washington University. She lectures frequently on international law topics. In April 2013, she will serve as a faculty member in the United Nations regional training course on international law in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lecturing on international investment law.

Donoghue is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and is counselor for the American Law Institute’s Fourth Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

The International Court of Justice is composed of 15 judges and is the primary judicial organization of the United Nations. The court hears such cases as the maritime dispute between Peru and Chile, the aerial spraying dispute between Ecuador and Colombia, and the Antarctic whaling dispute between Australia and Japan.

Donoghue’s visit to Idaho will be the first ever from an active International Court of Justice judge. Her visit is sponsored by the Sherman J. Bellwood Memorial Lecture Series Endowment.

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