15th Annual Grotius Lecture Opens ASIL Annual Meeting

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Delivers Lecture


Pictured: Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, Professor W. Michael Reisman, Dean Claudio Grossman, and Donald Donovan (ASIL President)

American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) presented the 15th Annual Grotius Lecture on April 3, 2013 to open the 107th ASIL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Fifteen years ago, American University Washington College of Law and ASIL launched the Grotius Lecture as an annual event to open ASIL's annual conference. The event is named for Hugo Grotius, who is considered the father of international law.

More than 500 scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world were in attendance.

Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, delivered this year's lecture on "International Law in a Multipolar World."

In 1999, he was elected as electoral adviser of the First General Council of the Electoral Institute of the Federal District (IEDF). In 2001, he was elected as president of the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (CDHDF), and was confirmed for a second term from 2005 to 2009. He was general director of the National Center for Social Communication, A.C. (Cencos) and co-founder of the Civic Alliance, A.C. Additionally, he participated as advisor in more than ten civil society organizations working with human rights, security, and democracy issues in Mexico. He was the co-founder and promoter of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity and has served as an independent consultant and expert on human rights, democracy, civic participation, civil society and public policy, both in Mexico and in international contexts.

Dean Claudio Grossman provided welcoming remarks and served as moderator at the event. Yale Law School Professor W. Michael Reisman served as the Distinguished Discussant. The event was held at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Grotius Lecture is organized annually by the law school's International Legal Studies Program.