Lectures & Events

Navigating the Storm: The State Department Legal Adviser and International Law
Canada-U.S. Law Institute
of Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Co-sponsored by
Western Law
NOV 1, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
Davis Robinson will discuss the important role that attorneys play in shaping U.S. foreign policy. He will also address the tendency of decision makers to exclude lawyers from decisions and the negative impacts he has seen arise in the foreign policy context as a result. He will explain how involving the Legal Adviser helps the “Ship of State” avert crises. Mr. Robinson will discuss his experiences in establishing the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, Operation "Urgent Fury" in Granada, the mining of Nicaragua's Harbors and the Nicaragua ICJ Case, the Huguang Railroad Bonds Case with China, and the Gulf of Maine Case before the ICJ.
Speaker Information
Davis Robinson
Legal Adviser to the Department of State
during the Administration of President Ronald Reagan

Davis Robinson served as the U.S. Department of State's Legal Adviser under President Reagan from 1981 to 1984. During his tenure, he played a critical role in advising on numerous legal issues that impacted international law including the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and Operation "Urgent Fury" in Grenada. He also led U.S. efforts in negotiating the Gulf of Maine case before the International Court of Justice. As a career Foreign Service Officer, Davis also served Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and as Staff Assistant to the Secretary of State. Davis currently serves as Senior Managing Director at Richard C. Breeden & Co. LLC and is an Executive Committee member to the Canada-U.S. Law Institute.
Additional Information
Additional Information:
Free and open to the public. Lunch follows.
1 hr. continuing legal education credit available, pending approval.

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