The Law of Foreign Relations: An International Perspective: Panel Discussion Now Available Online

The Law of Foreign Relations: An International Perspective: Panel Discussion Now Available Online

Speaking Engagement

On July 14, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP hosted a panel discussion on “The Law of Foreign Relations: An International Perspective”.

The full recording of the discussion and a written report of the event are now available.

Campbell McLachlan QC, Professor of International Law at Victoria University, Wellington, discussed recent developments in the law of foreign relations in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth jurisdictions. He drew on his forthcoming book on foreign relations, "Foreign Relations Law" (Cambridge University Press, 2014), the first new analysis of the field in English and Commonwealth law in three decades. Paul Stephan, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, Co-Reporter for the American Law Institute's Restatement of Foreign Relations Law (4th), provided comments on the foreign relations law of the United States. Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr moderated the discussion and provided comments on Professor Stephan's and Professor McLachlan's presentations.


Paul Stephan, Professor of Law, University of Virginia, is an expert on international business and Soviet and post-Soviet legal systems. He is the co-author of The Limits of Leviathan: Contract Theory and the Enforcement of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His current research interests include books on the political economy of international lawmaking and on the collapse of communism.  

Campbell McLachlan, Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, is a well-known specialist in the field of international commercial litigation and arbitration. He is co-author (with Shore and Weiniger) of International Investment Arbitration: Substantive Principles (Oxford University Press 2007) which won the J F Northey Prize in 2008. He is President of the Australian & New Zealand Society of International Law.

Gary Born, Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP is a leading authority on international arbitration and litigation. He is the author of International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 2nd ed. 2014) and numerous other works on international dispute resolution. He is a Professor of Law at University of St. Gallen Law School and teaches regularly at law schools in Europe, Asia and North America.  

Foreign Relations Law, Campbell McLachlan (Cambridge University Press, August 2014)

Professor McLachlan's text addresses three fundamental issues: the distribution of the foreign relations power between the organs of government; the impact of the foreign relations power on individual rights; and the treatment of the foreign state within the municipal legal system. Focusing on the four Anglo-Commonwealth states (the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand), McLachlan examines the interaction between public international law and national law and demonstrates that the prime function of foreign relations law is not to exclude foreign affairs from legal regulation, but to allocate jurisdiction and determine applicable law in cases involving the external exercise of the public power of states: between the organs of the state; amongst the national legal systems of different states; and between the national and the international legal systems.

CLE Accreditation

New York and California: We offer 1.0 non-transitional NY and 1.0 general CA CLE self-study credits until February 14, 2015 for this event. Please complete an affirmation form and note, an embedded code word will appear on the screen. Individuals seeking CLE credit must record the code word on their affirmation form.

England & Wales: One hour accredited CPD. Quote SRA Reference: 2458/BRHD.

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