Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
Summer 2015 Washington and Geneva Program Faculty
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Amitav Acharya, American University School of International Service
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, American University Washington College of Law
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).
Janie Chuang, American University Washington College of Law
Professor Chuang, who teaches courses in international law, human trafficking, labor migration, and international commercial arbitration, was promoted to professor of law in 2014. In her scholarship, Chuang specializes in international law and policy relating to labor migration and human trafficking. Drawing on this expertise, Chuang has served as an adviser to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Labor Organization. Chuang has also served as the U.S. Member of the International Law Association’s Feminism and International Law Committee and as a Member of Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law. She is a past recipient of the Open Society Fellowship of the Open Society Foundations and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Grant. Prior to joining AUWCL, Chuang practiced with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign governments in international litigation/arbitration and pro bono clients in asylum and human rights cases. Before her time at Cleary Gottlieb, Chuang worked as an adviser to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the U.N. Compensation Commission.
Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
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. (PIJIP). 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.
Matthew Glasser, World Bank
Matthew D. Glasser has more than twenty years of experience in international development finance. With a background as a City Attorney and registered lobbyist for Colorado municipalities, he is an authority on the legal framework within which cities operate, including the powers and functions of cities, and municipal finances. For the past 11 years, he worked for the World Bank, where his last position was as Lead Urban Specialist in the Legal Vice Presidency. He also served as Lead Urban Specialist in the Bank’s Africa and South Asia regions, focusing on local government and urban finance issues in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland, the Philippines, and India. Working with the Bank’s internal Knowledge and Learning Council and its external Knowledge Advisory Board, he also helped develop systems for governance and measurement of the Bank’s knowledge services. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2003, Mr. Glasser worked with the South African National Treasury for four years, where he led a successful program to revive municipal credit markets. He also helped develop a new Property Rates Act, which replaced a patchwork of provincial legislation dating from the apartheid era. From 1992 through 2000, Mr. Glasser managed USAID funded development programs, working with national and local governments in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Ukraine. He also taught courses on a variety of local government finance issues, and presented these in Central Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. In 1992 and 1993 he served as a resident advisor to the Government of Ukraine, providing policy support to national and local government.
Claudia Martin, American University Washington College of Law
Claudia Martin is a Professorial Lecturer in Residence at American University Washington College of Law and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She specializes in international law, international and comparative human rights law and inter-American human rights law. As Co-Director of the Academy she oversees the academic coordination of the Academy’s prestigious human rights summer program, the Inter-American Moot Court Competition and the Annual Meeting on Human Rights. She also supervises the scholarly production of the Academy, including the Inter-American Human Rights Digest and the publication of books, articles and specialized reports. Professor’s Martin publications include: The Reform Debate in the Inter-American Human Rights System Ten Years After: Successes and Failures, Proceedings of the 7th Hague Joint Conference on Contemporary Issues of International Law - 2005, 30 June – 2 July 2005, T.M.C. Asser Instituut , The Netherlands (forthcoming); The Moiwana Village Case: A New Trend in Approaching the Rights of Ethnic Groups in the Inter-American System, 19-2 Leiden Journal of International Law (forthcoming); Repertorio de Jurisprudencia del Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, (co-author), Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica (forthcoming); Inter-American Human Rights Digest, (co-author), Brill Publishers, The Netherlands (forthcoming); Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos [International Human Rights Law] (co-author), Distribuciones Fontamara, México, 2004; The International Human Rights Status of Elderly Persons, (Co-Author) 18 Am. U. Int=l L. Rev. 915, 2003; The International Dimension of Human Rights: Guide for its Application in Domestic Law (Co-Author), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Washington D.C., 2002; and La Dimensión Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, Guía para la Aplicación de Normas Internacionales en el Derecho Interno, (Co-Author) Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Washington D.C., 1999 Professor Martin has lectured extensively to lawyers, judges, and human rights professors around the world on the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights System. Her many appointments include serving as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Program, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; Member of the Editorial Board, Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts, Oxford University Press and Amsterdam Center for International Law; Member of the Editorial Board, Revista Iberoamericana de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico and Contributor on Inter-American Human Rights Law for the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights. She has also been a consultant with the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID/MSD.
Patrick Ukata, American University School of International Service
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.
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