International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy

Summer Program Faculty

Amitav Acharya, Ph.D. Murdoch (Australia)
Amitav Acharya is a Professor of International Relations at the American University School of International Service. Professor Acharya is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center. Previously, he was Professor of Global Governance at the University of Bristol, Professor at York University, Toronto, and at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Fellow of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His recent books include Whose Ideas Matter? (Cornell, 2009); Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order (co-edited, World Scientific, 2011); Non-Western International Relations Theory (co-edited, Routledge, 2010); and The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2011). He has contributed op-eds to foreignaffairs.com, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Japan Times, Jakarta Post, Indian Express, and Times of India and scholarly articles to International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, and World Politics. He has been interviewed by CNN International, BBC World Service, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Radio Australia, and Al Jazeera TV on current affairs.  

Padideh Ala'i, JD Harvard
Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at WCL where she specializes in areas of international trade law and development and comparative legal traditions. Specifically, she teaches the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and writes in the areas of history and free trade, international efforts to combat corruption as well as issues relating to trade and good governance. In 2005 and 2009 Professor Alai was the Acting Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and was in private legal practice with the law firms of Jones Day and Reichler, Milton and Medel prior to joining the Faculty of the WCL in 1997. In private practice Professor Ala’i represented developing country governments, including Guyana, Nicaragua, Uganda, China and the Philippines in their negotiations with foreign investors, US Government and its federal agencies, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. She also represented multinational corporations in international business transactions and advised them on pending U.S. banking legislation. From 1992-1996, Professor Ala’i was part of the legal team representing the Government of Philippines in international litigation and arbitration against Westinghouse Corp. charging corruption and bribery by Westinghouse of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and defective construction of the Bataan nuclear power plant.

In 2003-2005 Professor Ala’i was the Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Group (IELG) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). In that capacity, she organized a conference on the relationship of freedom of trade and peace. Professor Ala’i subsequently co-edited the book that was based on that conference as part of the ASIL Studies in Transnational Legal Policy entitled: Trade as Guarantor of Peace, Liberty and Security? Critical, Historical and Empirical Perspectives, Padideh Alai, Tomer Broude and Colin Picker eds., 37 Studies in Transnational Legal Policy (ASIL-2006). Her other publications include: “The Legacy of Geographical Morality and Colonialism: A Historical Assessment Current Crusade Against Corruption”, 33 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 4 (October 2000); “Free Trade or Sustainable Development: An Analysis of the WTO Appellate Body’s Shift to a more Balanced approach to Trade Liberalization”, 14 AU International Law Review 4 (1999); “Judicial Lobbying at the WTO: The Debate over the use of amicus curiae briefs and the U.S. Experience”, 24 Fordham Journal of International Law (Nov-Dec. 2000);“A Human Rights Critique of the WTO: Some Preliminary Observations”, 33 George Washington University International Law Review 3 & 4 (2001); and “Transparency and the Multilateral Trading System”, in Trends in World Trade: Essays in Honor of Sylvia Ostry, edited by Alan Alexandroff (Carolina Academic Press 2007).

Elizabeth Andersen, JD Yale, MPA Princeton
Elizabeth (Betsy) Andersen is Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a position she has held since 2006. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI), and as Executive Director of Human Rights Watch's Europe and Central Asia Division. Earlier in her career, she served as Legal Assistant to Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and as a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Andersen is a graduate of Yale Law School, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Williams College, from which she received the College’s Bicentennial Medal in 2006. Her area of expertise is international humanitarian, human rights, and refugee law. She serves as co-editor of the ASIL Studies in Transnational Legal Theory Series; as a member of the governing boards of the Washington Foreign Law Society and Friends of the Law Library of Congress; and as a member of the advisory committees of the American University Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the International Senior Lawyers Project, and the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies.

Luca Barbone, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Luca Barbone is currently Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He joined ISIM in January 2011 upon his retirement from the World Bank, where he had worked since 1988, and where he held various leadership posts including most recently Director in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Policy Unit in the Europe and Central Asia region (2007-2011), World Bank Director for Poverty Reduction (2004-2007), and Regional Director for Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus (2000-2004). Prior to the World Bank, Mr. Barbone worked for the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (Paris), the International Monetary Fund, The Planning Institute of Jamaica, and the Bank of Italy. Mr. Barbone holds a degree of Bachelor in Economics from the Milan Bocconi University, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Renata Brazil David, SJD American and LLM University of Essex
Dr. Brazil David is ITSO’s Director of Legal Affairs. She is a Brazilian national, who received legal education in Brazil, England and the US. She holds a LL.M. in International Trade Law from the University of Essex in England and a S.J.D. (Ph.D. in Law) from American University Washington College of Law. Prior to joining ITSO, Dr. Brazil David worked as the Associate Director of the Brazil-US Legal and Judicial Studies Program in Washington DC, as a Lead Researcher at the Center of International Commercial Arbitration in Washington DC and in academia in England and in the United States. She also worked as a consultant for William & Connolly LLP advising them on arbitration and Brazil related matters. Dr. Brazil David has several years of experience in legal research, she is an Adjunct Faculty at American University where she teaches Business Law and Arbitration and she is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Brazil-US Legal and Judicial Studies Program at American University. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, with intermediate abilities in French.

David Bosco, JD Harvard
David Bosco, assistant professor of International Politics at the American University School of International Service, is a past Fulbright Scholar and senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Formerly an attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, he focused on international arbitration, litigation, and antitrust matters. He also served as a political analyst and journalist in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as deputy director of a joint United Nations/NATO project on repatriating refugees in Sarajevo. He is author of Five to Rule Them All (Oxford University Press, 2009), a history of the UN Security Council. He is currently researching a book on the International Criminal Court and writes the Multilateralist blog for Foreign Policy magazine.

Michael Carroll, JD Georgetown
Michael W. Carroll joined the WCL faculty in 2009 after visiting during the 2008-09 academic year. He previously was a member of the faculty of the Villanova University School of Law. He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Prior to entering the academy, he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.

Professor Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. He also acts on his ideas. He is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc., a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also is on the sub-group of Board Members who advise the organization's Science Commons division and its education division, ccLearn.

Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue.

Jeremy deBeer, BCL Oxford
Jeremy deBeer is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, working at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and international trade and development. Professor deBeer has a graduate degree in law from the University of Oxford, and degrees in business and in law from the University of Saskatchewan. Before becoming a professor, he practiced law with the Government of Canada's Department of Justice, as legal counsel to the Copyright Board of Canada. He was also the law clerk to Justice Allen Linden at the Federal Court of Appeal, and before that worked at the firm of Macleod Dixon LLPin Calgary, Alberta. As well as an academic, he is also a lawyer and frequent consultant to law firms, technology companies, think tanks, governments and international organizations.

Courses Professor deBeer teaches include Property Law, which addresses current issues in real, personal and intellectual property, Interdisciplinary Studies of Digital Music, an engaging seminar about legal, commercial and cultural aspects of the global music industry, and Global Intellectual Property Policy, which links international IP systems and global challenges like poverty, climate change, hunger, disease, lack of education and more.

Professor deBeer’s research and recent publications address topics ranging from digital copyrights to biotechnology patents. Recent books he has edited include Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright, and Implementing the World Intellectual Property Organization's Development Agenda. He co-lead the Canada-EU "Trade Environment Technology Exchange" (TETE) project, funded by the European Commission, and the new "Open AIR" project, a multi-million dollar research and training initiative on open innovation in Africa, funded by Canada's IDRC and Germany's GIZ.

Christine Farley, J.S.D. Columbia, JD University at Buffalo
Christine Farley joined the law faculty at WCL in 1999. Professor Farley teaches courses in Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, and Law and the Visual Arts. She has served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and as Co-Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. Professor Farley has been a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Paris and Monash University (in Prato, Italy). Before joining the faculty, Professor Farley was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman in New York. Professor Farley's scholarly work is in the areas of intellectual property law and art law.

Sean Flynn, JD Harvard
Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is the Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). At PIJIP, Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program, including events, student advising and curriculum development. Professor Flynn’s research examines legal frameworks promoting access to essential goods and services. He serves as counsel for advocacy organizations and state legislatures seeking to promote and defend regulations that promote access to essential medicines.

Prior to joining WCL, Professor Flynn completed clerkships with Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson on the South African Constitutional Court and Judge Raymond Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also represented consumers and local governments as a senior associate with Spiegel & McDiarmid and as senior attorney for the Consumer Project on Technology, served on the policy team advising then Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Deval Patrick, and taught Constitutional Law at the University of Witwaterstrand, South Africa.

David Hunter, JD Harvard
David Hunter is an assistant professor and the director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at WCL. Professor Hunter is also the director of the Washington Summer Session on Environmental Law. He is the former executive director of the Center for International Environmental Law and was previously an Associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US, EarthRights International, the Project on Government Oversight, the Bank Information Center, and Greenpeace-US.

Sofie Maddens, Lic. Juris (Masters Degree Law), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Sofie Maddens is Senior Director of Global Services at the Internet Society, providing global leadership and management of the Internet Society’s regionalization program, which includes five Regional Bureaus located in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, and North America. The daughter of a Belgian Diplomat, Ms. Maddens-Toscano has traveled extensively throughout her life and has lived in the United States, Europe and Africa. Her professional life has built on this experience, thereby providing her with a good understanding of peoples and cultures around the world. She is fluent in Dutch, English, French and Portuguese and reads Italian and Spanish. Prior to joining the Internet Society, she was Managing Director of Pygma Consulting International, LLC, an international consulting firm specialized in providing regulatory and policy advice to public and private sector clients in the Information and Communications field. For over 20 years, she has managed complex private sector, government, and regional and international projects and grants in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, defining and drafting legal and regulatory frameworks and texts, developing and implementing advocacy initiatives and corporate and government strategy recommendations and plans, and defining and executing training programs, while balancing budgetary, legal, institutional, training considerations as well as cultural and geo-political needs and issues.

Claudia Martin, LL.M. American
Claudia Martin is a professorial lecturer in residence. Professor Martin teaches and specializes in international law and international protection of human rights. A lawyer from Argentina, she also holds an LL.M. degree from WCL. She is co-director of the Academy on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law which sponsors the Summer Program, the Inter-American Moot Court Competition and the Annual Meeting on Human Rights, among others.

Fernanda Nicola, S.J.D. and LL.M. Harvard, Ph.D. Trento University
Fernanda Giorgia Nicola joined the WCL faculty in Fall of 2006. She is an expert in European and Comparative Law, the law of the European Union, Contracts and Tort Law. Prior to teaching at the WCL, Fernanda was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New England School of Law. She has also taught at Harvard Law School and the University of Turin Law School at the ILO Training Center of Turin. She has been a summer associate and law clerk at Goodwin Procter, LLP in Boston, a research assistant at Harvard Law School, and a trainee attorney at Studio Legale Ferreri in Turin, Italy. In 1995, she was an intern at the European Parliament in the Civil Rights, Civil Liberties Committee; and in 1996, at the Council of Europe, Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly.

Professor Nicola holds an SJD from Harvard Law school and a Ph.D. in Comparative Law from Trento University, Italy. She received her Laurea in Legge (J.D. Equivalent) from the University of Turin Law School in Italy; A Postgraduate in International Trade Law, European University Institute of Turin; Laurea in Scienze Politiche (B.A. in Political Sciences) from the University of Turin and a Certificat d'Etudes Politiques in International Relations, from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Sciences Politiques, Strasbourg (France).

Carlos Portales, MA Stanford
Carlos Portales is currently the Director of the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy at WCL. From April 2008 until May 2010, Portales was Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva. He was Vice President of the Human Rights Council (2009-2010) and Chairman of the Biological Weapons Convention (2010). He twice served as Director General for Foreign Policy, the third ranking authority at the Chilean ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1994 and 2002-2008), where he oversaw both Chile’s bilateral and multilateral foreign policies. He was also Director for Policy Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-2002) and Head of the Chilean Diplomatic Academy "Andres Bello" (2000-2001).

His previous ambassadorial postings abroad were in Washington, D.C. as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) (1997-2000) and Ambassador in Mexico (1994-1997). During his tenure as Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, he chaired the OAS‘s Committee on Hemispheric Security (1998-1999), as well as the Special Committee on Inter-American Summits Management (1998-2000). From 1997 to 2000, he served as Non-Resident Ambassador to Dominica, Grenade, Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis. He twice acted as the Chilean Coordinator of the Summit of the Americas Implementation Review Group (SIRG) in 1998-2000 and in 2002-2007. As Ambassador to Mexico, he also represented Chile to the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL) and the Inter-American Indigenous Institute (III) in Ciudad de Mexico. During his first term as Director General for Foreign Policy, he held the position of Chile's Coordinator for the Rio Group (1992-1994) responsible for the organization of the Summit of the Rio Group in Santiago in 1993. He was also Coordinator for the Ibero-American Summit (1991-1994 and 1998-2004) responsible for the organization of the XVII Summit in Chile in November 2007. From 1990 to 2008, he participated in several delegations of Chile to the United Nations General Assembly and the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

From 1978 to 1990, he was a senior researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Chile, co-managing with professor Augusto Varas FLACSO-Chile’s Program on International Relations. As a scholar in the field of International Relations, Portales was a Guest Professor at the Department of Political Science in the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill from 1987 to 1988. He has also lectured at FLACSO and at the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he collaborated with the Group of Constitutional Studies, and was also a member of the International Commission of the Democratic Alliance. After his graduate studies he administered a grant to study Latin America in the new international order in 1977.

Diego Rodriguez-Pinzon, SJD George Washington, LL.M. American
Diego Rodríguez-Pinzón is a Professorial Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University, Washington College of Law. Professor Rodríguez-Pinzón teaches courses in the fields of international law and human rights law. His most recent books are Advocating for Human Rights (with Claudio Grossman & Claudia Martin) (Brill Publishers Spring 2008), The Prohibition of Torture and Ill-treatment in the Inter-American Human Rights System (with Claudia Martin) (2006), published in three languages –English, Spanish and Portuguese--, and Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos (International Human Rights Law), (co-editor), (2004). He co-authored (with Claudio Grossman, Robert K. Goldman and Claudia Martin) the casebook The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide for Application in Domestic Law published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB 2001). He is also co-author of the human rights casebook bestseller, La Dimensión Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, Guía para la Aplicación de Normas Internacionales en el Derecho Interno (with Claudia Martin and Tomas Ojea Quintana) (IADB, 1999), as well as the Repertorio de Jurisprudencia del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (Inter-American Human Rights Digest) (with Claudio Grossman, Robert Goldman and Claudia Martin) (Vol. I and Vol. II, 1998). His recent articles include The Inter-American Human Rights System: Selected Examples of its Supervisory Work (with Claudia Martin)(2010), La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (2009), Basic Facts of the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American Human Rights System (2009), Las Obligaciones Internacionales de los Estados de la Organización de los Estados Americanos en la Lucha Contra el Terrorismo (2008), Reparations of the Inter-American Human Rights System in Cases of Gross and Sytemic Violations of Human Rights: The Colombian Case (2007), The International Human Rights Status of Elderly Rights (with Claudia Martin) (2003), Jurisdiccion y Compentcia en las Peticiones Individuales del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (2001), The 'Victim' Requirement, The Fourth Instance Formula and the Notion of 'Person' in the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American Human Rights System (2001); and Presumption of Veracity, Nonappearance, and Default in the Individual Complaint Procedure of the Inter-American System on Human Rights (1998).

He was recently appointed Ad Hoc Judge to sit in the Inter-American Court on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. As correspondent for the British periodical Butterworths Human Rights Cases, Professor Rodríguez-Pinzón covers the Americas; he also reports on the inter-American system for the Netherlands Human Rights Quarterly. He has served as international legal consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Organization of American States (OAS), among other institutions. He was also staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS and Officer for Latin America at the International Human Rights Law Group, a Washington DC based non-governmental organization.

Patrick Ukata, Ph.D. American, LL.M. New York University
Dr. Patrick Ukata is the Director of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) project at American University (AU). AU signed a five-year management and consultancy agreement in January of 2004 to assist with the development and building of a privately funded American-style university in Nigeria, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. This agreement between AU and AUN has since been extended a number of times.

Dr. Ukata has taught courses in African Political Economy and International Law and Diplomacy at American University. He has also taught African Politics as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University. Dr. Ukata specializes in the political economy and international relations of Africa, legal reforms and governance.

Ryan Vogel, LL.M. Georgetown, JD American, MA American (SIS)
Ryan Vogel is a foreign affairs specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he works on policy issues concerning detention, international law, the law of war, international courts and organizations, and human rights. Vogel began his career with OSD after being selected through the presidential management fellowship (PMF) program for OSD Policy. Previously, Vogel worked as a senior research associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), as a law clerk for the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser and Bureau for International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs, and as a foreign affairs/intelligence staffer for a U.S. Senator. Mr. Vogel is a member of the State Bar of Maryland.




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